Made for Eternity
Saturday, March 16 through Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The RISD Museum’s mummy, the Egyptian priest Nesmin, moves to a new location for a special exhibition of ancient Egyptian objects — including amulets, small bronze statues of gods, carved granite, and painted panel portraits—all made between 3700 BCE–250 CE.
Made for Eternity, on view in the Waterman Gallery, highlights everyday functional objects that once belonged to the upper and middle classes of ancient Egypt, with the more finely made and thus more desirable works owned by those of higher status. While the names of the artisans are no longer known to us, the materials they used and the techniques they employed convey much about artistic practices that endured for many centuries. The quality of the craftsmanship also attests to the care and attention that the artisans lavished on these varied objects, all of which functioned as important components of a complex system of Egyptian religious beliefs and ritual practices, giving us a glimpse into life — and death — in ancient Egypt.