Saturday, October 21, 2006

Review: Lagunilla collection in Havana, Cuba
A review of the collection of the Dr. Joaquín Gumá, Count of Lagunilla (1909-1980), housed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba, which includes a two large halls dedicated to the Egyptology collection: "The vast majority of the exhibits belonged to Lagunillas, seven came from the Academy’s collection, and there has also been one recent donation – specifically for the scientific event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lagunillas Collection – from Christian Loeber, principal curator at the Museum of Hanover: a vase from the Neolithic culture of Nagada.
Nor did the multi-colored wooden sarcophagus belong to Lagunillas: this was donated by Egypt in recognition of Cuba’s assistance in the salvage and rescue of the Abu-Simbel temples in 1974.
The group of funereal artifacts, dating back to distinct eras, includes four exquisitely-made chalices to guard the internal organs of the deceased, votive steles, scarabs of the heart, and a papyrus from the Book of the Dead."
The collection also includes a number of Faiyum portraits. See the above page for the full story.

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