Egyptian artworks not only influenced classical antiquity but are of great importance for art to this day. Since 2011, our gallery also offers objects from this traditional field of collection. The highlight so far was a predynastic vase with the serekh of the pharaoh Hedjw-Hor (3300-3100 BC) which we were able to broker to a private collector. Furthermore, a corn mummy with old French collection labels and inventory numbers was purchased through our gallery.
These labels and other indications allow the presumption that this rare artefact was brought to France at the time of Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign to Egypt. Should this prove to be the case, the mummy at hand might be one of the few examples whose appearance in Europe awakened the scientific interest in corn mummies and in the Koiak rites to which they are associated.