introduction
BEGINNINGS:
THE PHOEBE HEARST ERA (1902-1920)


THE PHOEBE HEARST COLLECTIONS
GUATEMALA
NATIVE CALIFORNIA
ALASKAN ESKIMO
PHILIPPINES
ANCIENT NORTH AMERICA
ANCIENT PERU
ANCIENT egypt
Predynastic Period

Early Dynastic Period

Old Kingdom

New Kingdom/Third Intermediate

Ptolemaic/Roman Periods

01. Crocodile mummy, linen and plaster

02. Canopic box; wood with paint and gesso

03. Mummy mask; cartonnage (linen and gesso), paint, gilding

04. Mummy portrait of a woman, tempera paint on wood

ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN

TRANSITION (1920-1945)

EXPANSION (1945-1960)

CULMINATION (1960-1980)

RECENT YEARS (1980-2001)

RECENT ACQUISITIONS



Crocodile mummy, linen and plaster
Fayum, Tebtunis, Cemetery 6; Ptolemaic
Collected by B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt, 1899–1900.
6–21633

The University’s papyri from Tebtunis, the largest collection of papyrus documents from a single site in the United States, contains more than 21,000 fragments. These came from three sources: crocodile mummies, the cartonnage of human mummies, and the town and temple of Soknebtunis (“Sobek, lord of Tebtunis”). The crocodile god Sobek was the principal deity of Tebtunis. While Grenfell and Hunt uncovered more than 1,000 crocodiles, only 31 contained papyrus documents. This stuffing was essentially waste paper, which had been discarded.