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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 Monastery of Epiphanius among the Dynasty 11 tombs on the northern slope of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna Hill in western Thebes, 1914 (3A 5).
  • Wooden Box with Bronze Balance Scale

    500–600

    Made in Epiphanius, Byzantine

    Rogers Fund, 1914 (14.2.2a-e)

  • Ostrakon with Texts from the Bible

    580–640

    Byzantine

    Rogers Fund, 1914 (14.1.81)

  • Censer with a Lioness Hunting a Boar

    6th–7th century

    Made in Egypt, Byzantine

    Rogers Fund, 1944 (44.20a,b)

Monastery of Epiphanius, Thebes

Egypt

1911–1914

According to the traditions of the Coptic Church, Saint Mark brought Christianity to Egypt shortly after the death of Christ in the first century A.D. Over the next few centuries, numerous small monasteries and hermits' cells were established in western Thebes. These mudbrick structures frequently made use of the already ancient ruins of temples and tombs from pharaonic times. For example, a monastery was built in the ruins of the upper terrace of Hatshepsut's temple. This area came to be known as Deir el-Bahri—a name that means "northern monastery" in Arabic.

The primary Christian site excavated by the Metropolitan Museum's Egyptian Expedition at Thebes was the Monastery of Epiphanius, which was built and occupied during the seventh century A.D. The complex, with its monks' cells, rubbish heaps, and cemetery, made use of the courtyard and rooms of a tomb belonging to a Dynasty 11 vizier named Dagi who had lived more than 2,500 years earlier (ca. 2000 B.C.).

Among the most important finds from the monastery ruins were the many ostraca, pieces of broken pottery used for writing. For thousands of years, the Egyptians had used bits of pottery and limestone to record legal documents, financial records, school texts, prayers, etc. The Epiphanius ostraca preserve the same kinds of texts, and also include verses from the Bible and sermons. A number of letters written on papyrus were also found. These texts, translated and published by Walter E. Crum and Hugh G. Evelyn-White, are revealing about life in Egypt during a turbulent time in history.

A number of the ostraca and other works that came to the Museum in the division of finds are on display in the Mary and Michael Jaharis Byzantine Egyptian galleries under the Museum's main staircase off the Great Hall (gallery 302).
 
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