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Event Details

Thacker Gallery Ancient Egypt

26 February 2016 - 31 December 2020
Ground floor Thacker Gallery

This gallery was refurbished and redesigned in February 2016. It is named after man responsible for the founding of the Oriental Museum, Professor T.W. Thacker and is home to the highlights of the Ancient Egyptian collection.

This collection holds 'Designated Status' on the basis of its national and international importance and the newly refurbished gallery showcases this amazing collection to its full potential. Every object is a treasure and the new gallery has been designed to showcase the collection with the minimum of intervention, letting the objects speak for themselves.

Statues, jewellery, a sphinx and even a seven foot high granite obelisk are all on display. The world famous ‘servant girl’ statuette is housed here. As one of the few surviving pieces of sculpture to break away from the conventions of the Egyptian artistic style, this uniquely realistic work has fascinated generations of Egyptologists and art historians.

Contact: oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk