Top 3 Egyptian Artifacts in the Sully Wing of Louvre

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The Sully Wing of Musée du Louvre in Paris houses an extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts, with some artworks even tracing back to 4000 BC. Most of these works of art, belonging to Department of Egyptian Antiquities of the Louvre Museum, throw light on the ancient civilizations that spanned from the prehistoric period to 4th Century A.D.

The Egyptian collection includes everything from watercolor paintings, artifacts, statues, and sarcophagi. In fact, you can come across many artworks related to ancient Egypt when on Louvre tours; however, make sure to check out these three in the Sully Wing when in the museum.

The Seated Scribe

Situated on the first floor and in room number 22 of the Sully Wing, this limestone statue depicts an unknown Egyptian, who is from an ancient scribe that learned to read as well as write. In fact, the position of this Egyptian statue’s hands, and his cloth wrapped around his hips, give the impression that he is writing something on a document placed on his lap. Since it is made up of the papyrus plant, people still use it to refer to the document that predates to 2600 to 2350 BC.

Akhenaten and Nefertiti

The 18th Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh and his wife hold hands and stand side by side in this limestone statue displayed in room number 25. It depicts a religious practice followed during the reign of Akhenaton; it would have been for an altar in the kingdom, prior to which an Egyptian family gave its devotions to both Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Both were raised to the status of a divine royal couple according to beliefs that states Egyptian families used this in their homes to adore their sovereign ruler and his wife. The works of sculpting were started in 1345 BC and the statue was completed after the demise of King Akhenaten in 1337 BC.

Amun Protecting Tutankhamun

This statue in room number 26 depicts the Egyptian god, Amon, protecting the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun, through his divine presence. The statue made up of diorite was found in Karnak village in 1857. Tutankhamun was the main officiate of Amun in an Egyptian temple. In the statue, the Egyptian King faces the direction of the god and gives the same impression of divinity to those touring the gallery of Louvre Museum.