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    About The Met Around the World

The Met Around the World presents the Met’s work via the global scope of its collections and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

Traveling
Exhibitions

The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our international exhibition program from 2009 to the present.

Traveling
Works of Art

The Met lends works of art to exhibitions and institutions worldwide to expose its collection to the broadest possible audience. See our current international loans program.

Conservation
Projects

The preservation of works of art is a fundamental part of the Met's mission. Our work in this area includes treating works of art from other international collections, and advising on conservation projects and practices globally. See our international conservation program from 2009 to the present.

Excavations

The Met has conducted excavations for over 100 years in direct partnership with source countries at some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Today we continue this tradition in order to gain greater understanding of our ancient collections. See our international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.

Fellows

The Met hosts international students, scholars, and museum professionals so that they can learn from our staff and pursue independent research in the context of the Met's exceptional resources and facilities. See the activities of our current national and international fellows.

Exchanges & Collaborations

The Met's international work takes many forms, from participation in exchange programs at partnering institutions and worldwide symposia to advising on a range of museum issues. These activities contribute to our commitment to advancing the work of the larger, global community of art museums. See our international exchange program and other collaborations from 2009 to the present.

There are currently no international activities in this region.
Excavations throughout Met History, 1870–present
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  • Kharga Oasis: the temple of Hibis before work began. Photographer unknown, 1908 (K342). Archives of the Egyptian Expedition, Department of Egyptian Art.
  • Kharga Oasis: the temple of Hibis after reconstruction. Photographer unknown, 1937 (K3-839). Archives of the Egyptian Expedition, Department of Egyptian Art.
  • Composite Papyrus Capital

    Late Period, Dynasty 30, reign of Nectanebo II, 360–343 B.C.

    Egypt, Western Desert; Kharga Oasis, Hibis, MMA

    Rogers Fund, 1910 (10.177.2)

Temple of Hibis, Kharga Oasis

Egypt

1909–1939

In December 1909, in cooperation with Émile Baraize of the Egyptian Antiquities Service, the Metropolitan Museum began work at the temple of Hibis at Kharga in the desert west of Luxor. Excavations continued, with interruptions (including a long one caused by World War I), until 1939. Whereas Baraize mainly conducted excavations and architectural restoration, the members of the Metropolitan Museum concentrated on mapping, copying, and photographing the temple reliefs, a work chiefly undertaken by Museum Egyptologist Herbert E. Winlock, the artist Norman de Garis Davies, and Museum Egyptian Expedition photographer Harry Burton. As a result, the architecture and decoration of the temple were splendidly documented and published.

The temple, mainly built or decorated under the rule of the Persian king Darius the Great (after 500 B.C.), is the only preserved Egyptian temple of the period between the end of the New Kingdom and the conquest by Alexander the Great. An entrance kiosk featuring slender columns with beautiful palm and composite capitals was added under King Nectanebo I (380–362 B.C.). The inscriptions and wall reliefs of the temple interior offer an extraordinary collection of material for the study of Late Period religious beliefs and practices. One of the capitals was purchased—before a reconstruction was thought feasible—for the Museum and can now be admired in the Dendur wing (10.177.2).

The temple, heavily damaged after 1823, was well restored by Émile Baraize. Unfortunately, the rising groundwater has weakened the foundations since, necessitating a major rescue campaign, which is underway now. The Metropolitan Museum's work at Kharga established a precedent for the study and appreciation of the monumental heritage of the Egyptian oases.

Partnered with The Egyptian Antiquities Service.
 
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