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Jennifer Wegner and student Christa Beranek record texts
Jennifer Wegner and student Christa Beranek record texts from the coffin of Sa-Hathor-Ipy @ Saqqara, 1997


Egypt: A New Look at an Ancient Culture

Personnel  Materials for this online feature were provided by Egyptian Section Keepers Dr. Denise Doxey (now Assistant Curator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts) and Jennifer Houser Wegner. The Section is maintained by two Curators. Dr. David P. Silverman has served as Curator in Charge since July of 1995. Dr. Josef Wegner has served as the Assistant Curator since July of 1996. Dr. David O'Connor, who retired from the position of Curator in Charge of the Section in July of 1995 now holds the rank of Curator Emeritus. The collections storage facilities are maintained by a staff of volunteers (known as the "Ushabtis"). Five Research Associates are also appointed to the Section, each of whom is associated with an Egyptian Section Expedition.

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Sara York Stevenson, first female museum curator in the United States and one of the founders of the UPM's Egyptian Section

History  Founded in 1890, the Egyptian collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (UPM) is one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian material in the United States. The majority of the collection was assembled through nearly a century of active archaeological research in Egypt by the University of Pennsylvania. Numbering in excess of 50,000 objects, this collection incorporates a large number of material categories including: architecture (elements of tombs, temples, palaces), statuary (royal and private), minor arts, daily life objects, textiles, papyri, pottery, tools, jewelry, funerary objects and human and animal remains.

One of its founders, Sara Yorke Stevenson, the first female museum curator in the United States, wrote that the Egyptian Section should be available to scholars "as a basis for original and comparative study, but also to public school teachers and pupils, as well as the people at large who can enjoy at home the benefits derived from foreign travel and a visit to the great state museums of Europe."




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