Saturday, January 21, 2012
Object Biographies at the Manchester Museum
Egyptology News, I stumbled across the University of Manchester's museum blog, Egypt at the Manchester Museum, and their first in a series of biographies on objects in their collection. Funnily enough, I had the same idea to include biographies of looted objects on this blog, and I am legitimately excited to see that a museum is thinking the same. This isn't just a great way to highlight objects that are not usually on display, but it's an important method of emphasizing the fact that every single artifact is not just a part of history, but has it's own history. The first object featured (a small Egyptian cup from the burial of Nesi-khonsu, wife of ruler Pinedjem II) is given a brief but a thorough biography, including how it arrived in the museum's collection. Whoever at the Manchester Museum had that idea should definitely be assured their job security because it's freaking golden and something I hope to see being emulated by other museum blogs soon.