EGYPTIAN COLLECTION & GALLERY

Many of the objects in Glencairn's Egyptian Gallery are organized around religious themes like Egyptian GodsEgyptian Mythology, and Mummy Magic. The core of the collection was formed in 1878 when Bishop William Henry Benade (1816-1905), Chancellor of the Academy of the New Church, was traveling abroad. With the financial backing of John Pitcairn, Benade purchased about 1,300 small artifacts from Rodolfo V. Lanzone, an Italian Egyptologist working at the Turin Museum.

Benade wrote to a friend, "these things will make the beginning of a Museum for the Academy." Benade was interested in the objects because of their religious significance; the collection includes bronze statuettes of gods and goddesses and a wide variety of magical amulets. Glencairn's larger objects, purchased in the 1920s and 30s by Raymond Pitcairn, John’s son, include both reliefs and sculpture in the round.

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Gold necklace with pendants in the form of the hieroglyph meaning "beautiful."

Gold necklace with pendants in the form of the hieroglyph meaning "beautiful."

Human-shaped coffin made for Sema-ir-dis, who is shown wearing the beard of Osiris, Ruler of the Netherworld.

Human-shaped coffin made for Sema-ir-dis, who is shown wearing the beard of Osiris, Ruler of the Netherworld.

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