Objects on Loan

The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum is extremely fortunate to display spectacular objects on loan from several different institutions including Eton College in Windsor, England; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; and Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland.

Objects from the Eton College Collection

A faience chalice from the Eton Collection, 1st century BCE.

In October 2010, nearly 2000 ancient Egyptian artifacts were loaned to the museum by Eton College for the purposes of display, teaching and research.  An agreement was signed between Johns Hopkins University, Eton College, and the University of Birmingham, UK to allow a loan of these objects for a period of fifteen years.  Nearly 200 of these objects are currently on view along the entire north wall of the museum display cases.  Hundreds more are being examined and studied in courses in Egyptology at Johns Hopkins.  Please click here to see more information about the Eton College Myers Collection.

Objects from the Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art has graciously loaned five Greek vases to be part of a display of Greek ceramics along the south wall of the museum cases.  These vases were originally among those purchased by Professor David M. Robinson for study by Hopkins faculty and students, but were dispersed from the collection when Robinson left the university.  As a result of this current loan, the museum is able to once again reunite part of Robinson’s collection and display and study them as a corpus.  In Spring 2011, the collection of red-figure Attic vases on display was studied by Professor Alan Shapiro and his graduate students.

An Egyptian Mummy from Goucher College

The Goucher mummy, on long-term loan to the museum from Goucher College, is one of the most fascinating personalities in the museum.  Originally purchased in Egypt by Dr. Goucher in 1895, the mummy was partially unwrapped first that same year, and further unwrapped at an unknown date.  After being on view at the Baltimore Women’s College and the Baltimore Museum of Art, the mummy was in the Goucher College Library where Dr. Betsy Bryan, Egyptologist and Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, first encountered her in the late 1980s.  Dr. Bryan was offered the opportunity to study and display this ancient Egyptian mummy and was responsible for the mummy being CT-scanned at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1988.  This work identified the mummy as an adult female with a well-preserved body and organs who had likely had two children before her death in the Ptolemaic period (305-30 BCE).  At the museum, we display the mummy among funerary goods similar to those that may have surrounded her in death so many centuries ago.