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Visitors look up at the Penn Museum's 3,200-year-old red granite Sphinx-the third largest ancient sphinx in the world-in the Museum's Lower Egyptian Gallery.
A 12-ton Sphinx, the third largest ancient sphinx in the world, is surrounded by architectural elements from the Palace of the Pharaoh Merenptah, all ca 1200 BC., in the Penn Museum’s Lower Egyptian Gallery.
This Mummy Portrait of a Woman, with frame, dates from the Greco-Roman Period of ancient Egyptian history (2nd century AD), and comes at a time when portraits had become a popular substitute for mummy masks. The frame, not originally belonging to the painting, is one of the earliest in existence. (Objects E16214, E16315)
A larger than life statue of Ramesses II, ca 1250 BC, dominates the Lower Egyptian Gallery of the Penn Museum. (Object E635)
Kneeling Figure of Tutankhamun, ca 1332-1322 BC. This royal statuette may represent Tutankhamun. The figure's arms originally exrtended forward as the king would have been offering jars to a deity. Traces of gold suggest that several areas were gilded, and the eyes and eyebrows may have had inlays. (Object E14295)
Gold Sekhmet Necklace, from Memphis, Egypt, ca 570-626 BC. The necklace consists of cowrie shell-shaped beads, two large barrel-shaped beads, a pomegranate-shaped bead, and a cast solid gold amulet of the goddess Sekhmet. Depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness, Sekhmet was the consort of Ptah, the patron deity of the Memphite area.
This Gilded Mask from the Penn Museum's Upper Egyptian Gallery, dates to the Ptolemaic-Roman Period of ancient Egyptian history, sometime after 300 BC. It would originally have covered the head of a mummy. (Object # 53-20-1a)