Egyptian Collections in 3D

We worked 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! 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. Also compatible with tablets.

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

Visit the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Museum featuring some of these objects, as well as those from other institutions involved in the project.

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

Egyptian Collections in 3D

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).