In Pictures: The new Ancient Egypt and Nubia galleries at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 25 November 2011
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A photo of the head of an ornate mummy inside a case in a gallery of ancient Egyptian artefacts
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology will invite the public into one of the finest collections of Egyptology in the world when it opens its new Ancient Egypt and Nubia galleries this weekend
A photo of the entrance to a tall, elegant gallery with white walls. The signs are pointing to Ancient Egypt and Nubia
Comprising six new spaces based on modern-day Sudan, the re-opening marks the second phase of major redevelopment following the museum's extension in 2009
A photo of a darkened gallery with a map of ancient Egypt and fragments of stone inside it
Remarkably, the £5 million project has been completed in little more than a year, including a fit-out installation of two months
A photo of an ornate Egyptian library lying in a case in a darkened gallery
The collections are presented under the themes of Egypt at its Origins; Dynastic Egypt and Nubia; Life After Death in Ancient Egypt; The Amarna Revolution; Egypt in the age of Empires and Egypt Meets Greece and Rome
A photo of an impressive darkened gallery full of artefacts from ancient Egypt
New lighting, display cases and interpretation complement a development completing the Ashmolean's Ancient World Floor, featuring galleries spanning Prehistoric Europe to India and Japan
A photo of a mummy in a central case in a gallery enclosed by ancient Greek statues
Professor Andrew Hamilton, of the University of Oxford, said the new galleries were "among the most important outside Egypt" and would "transform opportunities for using the collections at all levels"
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