Zagazig University Museum

As a large number of objects were discovered by zagazig university Expedition at tell-Basta and Kufur-Nigm since1978, all monuments were collected and transferred , for the first time ( 1981) in a small hall ( about 400  m ) in the faculty of Arts – Zagazig University . In 1991 another big museum was established in the University administration building (about 750 m) in the fourth floor, suitable for displaying the objects, especially after increasing the discovered objects.  The new museum, which consists of one main and wide floor prepared for exhibitions besides a store room and a keeper office, serves the educational aims of the students and receives the visitors of the university. Today, the museum has about 2173 register numbers, dating from various periods of Ancient Egyptian history , of which the most important collection follows :
  1. Treasure of  Tell-Basta : it was found in 1992 by zagazig excavation in the area of the greet temple, which dedicated to the goddess Bastet. It was about 139 Pieces (Pendants, necklaces, beads, earrings, rings and gods Statutes) made from fiancé, gold, silver and semi-precious stones. The most important of which is a necklace with nineteen Pendants in the form of Flies as order of valor.
  2. Some models of Pottery used for making amulets, which were small objects that were thought to provide magical protection for its owner.
  3. Parts of statues of different types and materials, such as a bronze statute of Bastet, the main lady of Tell-Basta and a sandstone statute of Sekhmet, the goddess of war and power.
  4. A block-statue of sandstone represents the individual squatting with hands drowns up over the knees and wrapped in garment.
  5. Funerary objects such as:
    *  Coffin lids of pottery with personal facial features. 
     * Head-rests that were placed under the head of deceased for keeping the head, the source of life's forces
     * The Wshabty statutes of pottery, this kind were represented in the form of wrapped mummy with arms crossed over the breast like Osiris and used as servants or slaves in the otherworld, the name Wshabtymeans in Ancient Egyption "The answerer ".
  6. Some seals of different types (cylinder, button and stamp) of different materials.
  7. Scarabs of pottery, Fiancé, carnelian and steatite used as protective amulets and stamp seals, especially when its flat side decorated with inscriptions.
  8. Daily life tools of schist, alabaster and black or white or red pottery such as silos, cups, bowls, plates and pots in addition to jar stands.
  9. Oval, rectangular and pear-shaped palettes made of schist, were originally used for grinding malachite and galena (Kohl which serving to protect the eyes).
  10. Metal objects such as anklet, bracelets, needles, mirrors, knives, arrows heads, daggers, spear heads and fish hooks.
  11. Architecture elements such as limestone lentils with funerary decorations and inscriptions.
  12. Collection of silver, copper and bronze coins dated to the Greco-roman period. 

The Most Important Pieces Of The Collection at The Museum:

Two pendants represent queen?  from gold and silver, from the area of great temple of Tall-Basta , 1992.

A funerary stele  of limestone with the  funerary  text to the God Anubis  from the Necropolis of the 1st  Dynasty which known asKofor Nejem .

 
Upper part of a sandstone statue of the goddess  Sekhmet as a woman body  with a lioness head , the goddess of war and power in ancient Egypt,  from the area of great temple of Tall-Basta,  New Period.
 
Statuette of goddess  Bastet of Bronze as a gentle cat, from the area of great temple of Tall-Basta, Late Period.

Cover of  ceramic coffin from the  Necropolis, late new kingdom, Tall-Basta.  
 
Upper Part of the god Serapes from Glass ,Ptolemaic period . 
 
A mullet of carnelian represent the sun god Re as child setting   above the Throne as Scarab, from the area of great temple of Tall-Basta , 1992.
 
A part of block –statue of sandstone of an important official, from the  well of the great temple , Tell- Basta , New kingdom (18thDynasty)
 
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