Egyptian Pottery Now Showing in University Art Gallery

Pieces of Egyptian history, some dating back approximately 6,000 years, are being brought to life this month at Truman through an exhibit in the University Art Gallery.

The exhibit, “Vessels from the Past: Ancient Egyptian Pottery on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum,” consists of 28 objects. Free and open to the public, “Vessels from the Past” runs Jan. 19 through Feb. 19.

Many of the vessels, ranging from household objects to burial objects, were purchased or excavated in Egypt during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. Contents of the exhibit are on loan to the University.

Pottery is the most common type of object found on archaeological sites in Egypt, making it a tool for understanding the ancient society. It was inexpensive to make, usable for storage, long-distance trade, serving food and drink and it kept its form in the face of water and heat.

Pottery in this exhibit includes jars for beer or perfume, small dishes for offerings in tombs or temples, a vessel dated back from between 5000 to 3000 B.C. with inscriptions of the names of kings, and a “Spirit House” for the afterlife.

The exhibit features informational text outlining the manner in which the pottery was made, burial customs and details about specific vessels, as well as a timeline of Egyptian history.

Exhibit curator Sara Orel, professor of art, will conduct a Faculty Forum at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Magruder 2001.

A public reception will be hosted at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the University Art Gallery. The event includes appetizers and refreshments.

“Vessels from the Past” is sponsored by the Art Department, The Friends of the Gallery, The Missouri Arts Council and the Office of the Provost.

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