Egyptian - The Met x Lingo
The Met is home to countless representations of animals, both real and imaginary, from the ancient world to the present day. This deck of cards showcases dozens of intriguing creatures—visitor favorites like “William,” the Egyptian faience hippo (ca. 1961–1878 B.C.), and lesser-known delights such as the exuberant octopus that graces a Mycenaean terracotta stirrup jar (ca. 1200–1100 B.C.)—each inviting you to take a closer look at the Museum’s celebrated holdings.
The Met’s distinguished holdings of Egyptian art and artifacts comprise some 26,000 objects crafted between the Paleolithic and Roman periods (ca. 300,000 B.C.–4th century A.D.). From the beloved blue-glazed faience hippo (ca. 1961–1878 B.C.) known as “William©” to an exquisite gold, carnelian, turquoise, and lapis lazuli collar (332–246 B.C.) and the monumental Temple of Dendur (completed by 10 B.C.), this deck presents select highlights and hidden gems of the Museum’s renowned Department of Egyptian Art.
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