Findspot known: Treasures from excavation sites in Egypt in the Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin

Cäcilia Fluck

As part of the opening of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum (today the Bode-Museum) in 1904 Wilhelm von Bode commissioned Josef Strzygowski to search for artefacts from Egypt and other regions of the Mediterranean convenient for display in the new building. Strzygowski brought together more than 1400 objects from Egypt, which established the foundation of the Egyptian collection at what is today the Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

But apart from these objects, which were purchased on the antiquities market, the museum also houses a considerable number of items that can be traced back to excavations and surveys in Egypt. About 450 textiles excavated by Georg Schweinfurth in 1886 came into the collection with labels that attest the provenance Arsinoë and Heracleopolis Magna. The museum also holds the equipment of three burials and individual objects from a survey that Carl Schmidt undertook in Antinoupolis in early 1896, a considerable number of objects of daily use from excavations in Hermoupolis Magna carried out by Otto von Rubensohn between 1903 and 1905 and, finally, a variety of devotional objects from Carl Maria von Kaufmann’s excavations in Abu Mina between 1905 and 1908.

This paper will give an overview of the state of research for items with known findspots in the Egyptian collection of the Museum für Byzantinische Kunst and will focus for the first time on the evaluation of archival material related to the sites, excavators and objects.

Findspot known: Treasures from excavation sites in Egypt in the Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin

To reference this article we suggest:

Fluck, C. 2014. Findspot known: Treasures from excavation sites in Egypt in the Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin. BMSAES 21: 1–30. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/online_journals/bmsaes/issue_21/fluck.aspx

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c.fluck@smb.spk-berlin.de