Ancient Egypt's distinctive and well preserved art, in the form of paintings, sculpture, hieroglyphs, pottery, jewellery and architecture, gives us a fascinating glimpse into the daily life, beliefs and customs of this ancient society.

The Australian Museum’s Egyptian Collection includes over one thousand objects. It is probably the largest public collection of Egyptian antiquities in Australia. Nearly a hundred human remains were acquired in the late 19th century. By 1930 almost 70% of the collection was assembled. Only a few objects were acquired in the second half of the 20th century.

The largest contribution to the Egyptian collection was the donation by Ernest and his brother Alfred Wunderlich (over 35%), followed by the Egypt Exploration Fund (30%). Other significant contributors were archaeologist John Garstang, Drs Schmidt and Mook, Arthur David and George H Abbott, who donated or sold their collections to the Museum.

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