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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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  • The Christian cemetery of El-Bagawat. Photograph by Dieter Arnold, 2000.
  • Tomb chapel decorated with biblical scenes. Photographer unknown, 1908.
  • Glass Fragments from a Vessel (4)

    200–400

    Made in Egypt, Byzantine

    Rogers Fund, 1908 (08.268.1a-d)

  • Glass Fragments from a Vessel (26)

    200–400

    Made in Egypt, Byzantine

    Rogers Fund, 1908 (08.268.16a-aa)

  • Fragment of Mosaic Glass from a Vessel

    200–400

    Made in Egypt, Byzantine

    Rogers Fund, 1908 (08.268.17a-k)

Cemetery of El-Bagawat and Ain et-Turba, Kharga Oasis

Egypt

1908

In February 1908, the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum began the investigation of a large Christian cemetery, known as El-Bagawat, northeast of the temple of Hibis in Kharga Oasis. Work at the site was carried out by Museum curator Albert Lythgoe, assisted by Arthur M. Jones and Museum Egyptologist Herbert E. Winlock.

The Metropolitan Museum carried out only one season of excavations in the cemetery of El-Bagawat, but as complete a photographic record as possible was made of the decorated tomb chapels and other ruins scattered over the northern part of the Oasis. About twenty years later, Charles K. Wilkinson of the Egyptian Expedition's Graphic Section returned to the site and produced a number of color facsimiles of the decoration in several of the chapels.

The cemetery consists of about 200 brick chapels, partially arranged in "streets." The buildings are extraordinary well preserved and mainly show a square plan and are roofed with a dome on pendentives. A few chapels have a more elaborate ground plan. The exterior exhibits a mixture of pharaonic and classical architectural elements. The surfaces are plastered and in several cases painted, especially the interior of the cupolas. The paintings include allegorical and biblical personages and biblical scenes.

About 100 graves were excavated that produced pottery and personal items. A small mound near the cemetery, known as Ain et-Turba, was also excavated and this contained the ruins of houses that yielded ostraca, glassware, and coins dating from the reign of Constantine the Great to Arcadius (A.D. 324–408), thus giving a rough time frame for the occupation of the settlement. Some of the objects that came to the Museum in the division of finds are now on view in the Mary and Michael Jaharis Byzantine Egyptian gallery (302).
 
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