Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom


Full of spells, prayers, and incantations, the Book of the Dead helped on the journey to the afterlife.

Hunefer, Book of the Dead








Standing Hippopotamus, ca. 1961–1878 B.C.E., Egypt, Middle Kingdom, faience, 7 7/8″ x 2 15/16″ x 4 7/16″ / 20 cm x 7.5 cm x 11.2 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art).
This hippopotamus, found in a tomb, carries symbols of life and death, regeneration and chaos—why was it broken?

Standing Hippopotamus




Portrait Head of Queen Tiye with a Crown of Two Feathers, c. 1355 B.C.E., Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, Egypt, yew wood, lapis lazuli, silver, gold, faience, 22.5 cm high (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection at the Neues Museum, Berlin)
Tiye was a powerful figure, but her royal life was complicated, as demonstrated through this changing statue.

Portrait Head of Queen Tiye