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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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  • Clearing the courtyard of the Middle Kingdom tomb (5A 465). Hathsepsut's temple is visible in the distance at the base of the cliffs in the upper right. Photograph by Harry Burton, 1915–16. Archives of the Egyptian Expedition, Department of Egyptian Art.
  • Cosmetic Box with a Swivel Top

    New Kingdom, early Dynasty 18, ca. 1550–1458 B.C.

    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial B 4, Between head of coffin and wall, MMA 1915–1916

    Rogers Fund, 1916 (16.10.425)

  • Game Box for Playing Senet and Twenty Squares

    Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom, Dynasty 17–Early Dynasty 18, ca. 1635–1458 B.C.

    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial E 3, In coffin, MMA 1915–1916

    Rogers Fund, 1916 (16.10.475a)

  • Jug

    New Kingdom, early Dynasty 18, ca. 1550–1458 B.C.

    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial B 4, Between head of coffin and wall, MMA 1915–1916

    Rogers Fund, 1916 (16.10.426)

  • Two-handled Jar

    New Kingdom, early Dynasty 18, ca. 1550–1458 B.C.

    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial B 4, Between head of coffin and wall, MMA 1915–1916

    Rogers Fund, 1916 (16.10.427)

  • The ruined coffins of Amenemhat (25), Ruyu (26), and the shrouded coffin of Bakamun (called Baki) in the tomb of Neferkhawt (8A 226). Photograph by Harry Burton, February 9, 1935. Archives of the Egyptian Expedition, Department of Egyptian Art.
  • Works displayed from the tomb of Neferkhawt. Lidded Jar, Pitcher, Heart Scarab. Faience, bronze or copper alloy, serpentine, gold. Rogers Fund, 1935 (35.3.97a, b, .99, .103)
Lower Asasif, Thebes

Egypt

1915–1916, 1935

In the second half of the Middle Kingdom (about 1900–1800 B.C.), a large tomb with a pillared portico and courtyard was carved into the bedrock at the eastern end of the Asasif valley in western Thebes. Eventually, the original burials were looted and the tomb itself was adapted for reuse as a cemetery that was active for several generations around the beginning of the New Kingdom (ca. 1550 B.C.). This cemetery was covered over early in the joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III (ca. 1470 B.C.), when the courtyard was filled and a causeway leading to Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri was constructed.

In the early twentieth century, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered and excavated the northern half of the courtyard. A few years later, in the 1915–16 season, Ambrose Lansing, who oversaw the Metropolitan Museum's excavations during World War I, cleared the southern half of the courtyard. Lansing's efforts were rewarded with the discovery of numerous intact burials dating from late Dynasty 17 to early Dynasty 18. This important transitional period encompasses the time when a family of Theban rulers (Dynasty 17) succeeded in reunifying Egypt under a single king, Ahmose, who ushered in the New Kingdom. Objects from these excavations that came to the Museum in the division of finds may be seen in Egyptian galleries 114 and 117.

In January 1935, while excavating near the eastern end of Hatshepsut's causeway, Museum excavators Ambrose Lansing and William C. Hayes discovered the family tomb of Neferkhawt, a scribe who served Hatshesput when she was a princess during the reign of her father, Thutmose I (ca. 1490 B.C.). The tomb had been used over several generations before it was covered by a causeway built by Hatshesput's nephew, Thutmose III, in about 1435 B.C. The occupants included Neferkhawt and his wife, Rennefer, both elderly when they died; their daughter Ruyu and son Amenemhat, who also lived long lives; and a man named Bakamun, perhaps Ruyu's husband. An adult woman and four children, presumably also Neferkhawt's relatives, had been placed in the tomb some years later.

Neferkhawt's tomb was cut into crumbling bedrock at the edge of the desert near cultivated land. Over the centuries, groundwater and insects had largely destroyed the coffins and other wooden tomb furnishings, but careful recording and removal of the remains allowed excavators to reconstruct, at least on paper, almost all the contents of this otherwise intact tomb. These objects reflect a gradual change in the style of funerary furnishings, personal ornaments, and possessions over a period of about half a century in the early New Kingdom. Objects from Neferkhawt's tomb that came to the Museum in the division of finds may be seen in Egyptian gallery 116.
 
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