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Oriental Museum objects on loan around the UK and overseas

(26 October 2015)

Objects from the Oriental Museum collections will be on display in London and Manchester this autumn and some objects are even travelling as far as New York 


In London, a number of pieces of Chinese porcelain, metalwork and lacquer will feature in Made in China, an exhibition at the Fan Museum focusing on Chinese export fan design. This exhibition will be open from 5th September to 31st December 2015. 

Meanwhile at the Manchester Museum, a number of the Oriental Museum’s mummies will feature in Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt opening this October. This major new exhibition looking at the practice of mummifying animals as offerings will then travel to Glasgow and Liverpool. 

But if you are lucky enough to find yourself in New York this autumn, be sure to visit the Metropolitan Museum. One of the reasons for the timing of the redevelopment of the Oriental Museum's Egyptian Art gallery is that four key pieces from the gallery are taking a trip overseas this autumn. 

Three of our large stelae and an obelisk are being loaned to the Metropolitan Museum in New York for their major new exhibition Between the Old and the New: Middle Kingdom Egypt.

Curators from the Met have travelled the world to search out the finest pieces from this important period in Ancient Egyptian history. It is a reflection of the quality of the Oriental Museum’s collections that four of our pieces have been selected for the show.

The heavy stelae can only be moved using specialist lifting equipment. This will be much easier to do when the gallery is closed and other pieces are moved safely out of the way. All four will return in time for the reopening of the gallery in February 2016.