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Shabti of Tchet-Khensu-Anfankh

Shabti figures were placed with ancient Egyptian burials to act as servants in the afterlife to undertake menial tasks and produce food for the deceased, this one has an inscribed...

Lekythos

Jars like this were used in ancient Greece for storing and pouring perfumed oil, often in association with burials. This jar is decorated with two men who are dancing, and...

Corinthian helmet

This helmet was discovered in 1870 on the shore of the Euripus Strait in Greece. It would have belonged to a ‘hoplite’, an armoured soldier who fought on foot with...

Shabti case fragment

This richly-decorated board is one side of a storage box to contain shabti in an ancient Egyptian tomb. The main image is a winged sun disc which was a symbol...

Kylix

This ancient Greek wine cup is decorated on both sides with two large eyes. Eyes are an ancient symbol of protection and these were probably intended to act as amulets...

Model coffin of an ichneumon

The ichneumon was one of the sacred animals of Egypt often associated with the underworld. It is a type of mongoose which in real life is bigger than a domestic...

Krater

A ‘krater’ was an important part of social life in ancient Greece, used for mixing water and wine at symposia. This is decorated on one side with three male figures,...

Scarab

This ancient Egyptian heart scarab has a spell from the Book of the Dead written on its underside. It would have been wrapped into the bandages of a mummy near...

Shabti

Shabti figures were placed with ancient Egyptian burials to act as servants in the afterlife to undertake menial tasks and produce food for the deceased. This shabti is decorated with...