Between Paris and Liévin ... the Musée du Louvre and the Centre de conservation

June 2022

After 7 months in Los Angeles, Faces Revealed returnd to Europe! Stefania worked at both the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Centre de conservation du Louvre in Liévin. She spent 10 days in wonderful places and was surrounded by more than 30 objects including yellow coffins and masks dating back to the Third Intermediate Period.

The Egyptian collection

The Egyptian Department of the Musée du Louvre, with its 55,000 works of art, houses one of the most remarkable archaeological collections in the world.
The Museum was inaugurated on 15 December 1827, by Charles X. The king appointed Jean-François Champollion, the famous scholar who deciphered the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, as Curator.

The first cores of the Egyptian collections established at the Louvre are those formed by Edmé-Antoine Durand, Henry Salt and Bernardino Drovetti. However, the collections were then increased via numerous acquisitions, donations, and the sharing of archaeological finds granted by Egypt to the many teams of archaeologists who were working in the Nile Valley - between them the coffins from the Second Cache at Deir el-Bahari, allotted to the French government in 1893.

The yellow coffins involved in the Faces Revealed Project

Stefania would like to thank Hélène Guichard, Patricia Rigault-Deon and Caroline Thomas the Curators of the Egyptian Collection for their hospitality and the entire staff of the Museum and the Centre de conservation du Louvre in Liévin for the huge help they gave her during her visit.

The orthophotographs of the coffins are the results of the photogrammetry completed as part of the Faces Revealed Project (H2020-MSCA-GF 2019: 895130). Photographs courtesy of the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

References

  • Niwiński, Andrzej. 21st Dynasty Coffins from Thebes Chronological and Typological Studies. Theban, V. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 1988.
  • Niwiński, Andrzej, and Patricia Rigault. Musée Du Louvre. Catalog of the 21st Dynasty and Beginning of 22nd Dynasty Coffins. Khéops/ Muséé du Louvre, in press.
  • Rigault, Patricia. ‘The Constitution of the Collection of 21st Dynasty Coffins of the Egyptian Department of the Louvre Museum’. In Bab El-Gasus in Context. Rediscovering the Tomb of the Priests of Amun, edited by Rogério Sousa, Alessia Amenta, and Kathlyn M. Cooney, 4:395–408. Egitto Antico. Roma: L’ERMA di Bretschneider, 2020.

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