Notable Collections

The Kelsey Museum houses the University of Michigan's collections of ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, Coptic, and Islamic archaeological artifacts, as well as some rare materials important for the study of archaeology. Some of our more notable collections are listed below, along with representative images.

--The largest corpus of daily life objects from a Graeco-Roman Egyptian town (Karanis) outside of the Cairo Museum (ca. 45,000 items) Wooden horse toy from Karanis, Eqypt.  KM 7692
--One of the largest collections of Parthian pottery outside Iraq (ca. 8,500 items) Clay incantation bowl, Seleucia on the Tigris, Iraq.  KM 19502.
--The largest collection of Latin inscriptions in the West (ca. 375 items) Columbarium tablet with Latin inscription.  KM 596.
--A distinguished assemblage of early Byzantine and Islamic textiles (ca. 5,900 items) Wool and linen Islamic textile from Assiut, Egypt (detail).  KM 10558
--An important collection of provenanced glass fragments and vessels (ca. 1,300 items) Glass flask from Karanis, Egypt.  KM 5944.
--A valuable corpus of Near Eastern seals and artifacts Stamp seal showing ibex from Tepe Giyan, Iran.  KM 1991.3.158.
--Impressive examples of Egyptian mummy masks Paint and plaster mummy mask from Egypt.  KM 88236.
--A well-known collection of Roman brick stamps Roman brick stamp, ca.  117 AD.  KM 1143.
--More than 40,000 ancient coins Greek gold coin, ca.  359-336 BC.
--A nearly complete edition of the Description de l'Egypte produced during Napoleon's expedition to Egypt in 1798 Frontispiece from first volume of plates.
--7,400 albumen prints and 25,000 archival photos related to late 19th- and early 20th-century Mediterranean archaeology Photo by J.H. Parker of torso found in the Baths of Caracalla, Rome, 1868.  Parker Collection 1071.

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