Egyptian collections in 3D

We have been working with the University of Liverpool’s Photogrammetry Team and the Garstang Museum on their Museums of the North West Photogrammetry Hub: Building Virtual 3D Futures Project. As well as providing an introductory training session to photogrammetry practices, they paid our collections a visit to create digital 3D models of a few of the objects in our Ancient Egyptian collections.

You can explore each of the objects below in incredible 3D detail with a few clicks of your mouse!  By clicking and dragging you can discover a 360° view of each object, or roll forward to zoom in on the full detail of their design and material.

Please note that on slower internet connections each model may take slightly longer to come into full focus.

You can also visit our Sketchfab collection, kindly hosted by the University of Liverpool’s Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology.

Information/ caption credits and photography and model credits: Charlotte Sargent.

The figurine appears to have a modern (i.e. 19th/20th century) addition of a crown. The wood of the crown is visually quite different and the quality of the carving is much cruder when compared to the main body of the figurine.

Photography and Model Credit: Charlotte Sargent

The scarab is inscribed with the cartouches of Ramesses II on the base. The left hand cartouche reads Ramesses (his personal name) while the right hand cartouche reads Usermaatre Setepenre (his throne name).

A scarab with a similar inscription can be found in the Grand Egyptian Museum (accession number: EMC_SR_7/4596).

Photography and Model Credit: Charlotte Sargent

An ancient Egyptian figurine of a hawk.

Photography and Model Credit: Charlotte Sargent

An ancient Egyptian or Sudanese black-topped red ware pot (also known as B-ware).

In Egypt, black-topped red ware was common in the Predynastic Period particularly in the Badarian (4400-4000 BC) and Naqada I and II periods (4000-3200 BC). While production slowed and eventually stopped in Egypt, in ancient Sudan black-topped red ware production continued until about 1500 BC.

Photography and Model Credit: Charlotte Sargent

This shabti likely dates to the 19th dynasty of ancient Egypt. The text on the shabti is a shabti spell (chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead) which calls upon the shabti to assist the deceased person in the afterlife.

Photography and Model Credit: Charlotte Sargent

This lamp likely dates to the 4th century BC to the 4th century AD. The shoulder of the lamp is decorated with ivy(?) tendrils in relief and it was probably made using a mould.

A similar example can be found in the British Museum (accession number: 1886,0401.1360).

Photography and Model Credit: Charlotte Sargent

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum