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Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

January 23, 2013

The first time I saw information on the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford it seemed to be a museum with mainly paintings. So I didn’t go.
It wasn’t until 17 November 2012 that I visited the museum. And I was very glad to find out how wrong I had been. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with museums with mostly or only paintings. It’s just not what I look for. I look for history – mainly Egyptian – and I found it in abundance.

Being the first university museum in the world (source: Wikipedia) the collection has obviously grown quite a bit since the beginning in the 17th century. This is a big museum and they have a lot!
I managed to walk through the entire museum. The diversity is amazing and so are the items on display. I have seen things I would normally not look at (like pocket watches), spending quite some time at these displays.

Eventually I made it to the Egyptian department. Again it turned out I should have done my homework. They own the Scorpion macehead and the Narmer macehead.

Maceheads of King Scorpion and Narmer
Scorpion macehead (left) and Narmer macehead (right)
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There are many Egyptian artefacts, all beautiful. I ended up with only 25 photos, but I could have easily spent all day there taking photos. The way things are set up allows for some nice compositions and the lighting wasn’t too bad either. There was plenty additional light behind the glass.

Pottery
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Of course I had to look for cat mummies and I found one on display.

Cat mummy
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In short: the Ashmolean Museum is a building filled with treasure. I recommend everyone to go on a treasure hunt. You will certainly find something to your liking.

See here for all my photos taken at this museum.

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