Ashley Fiutko Arico received her Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins in 2017. Her dissertation examined Egyptian statuary excavated in the Levant.

Model of a Kitchen Scene

Description Designed to provide sustenance to its deceased owner in the afterlife, this charming model represents four kitchen attendants hard at work. The scene is arranged on a rectangular base that has been fitted together from two planks of wood. In the front, a standing man balances a circular tray on his left shoulder. It […]

Triple Kohl Tube

  Description Kohl tubes representing hollow reeds, either singly or in bundles of as many as seven, first became popular during the New Kingdom. These multi-tube examples accommodated the storage of different types of eye-paint, either in different colors (black or green) or for different occasions. For instance, the individual sections of triple kohl tubes […]

Kohl Tube in the Shape of a Palm Column

Description Carved from wood, this elegant kohl tube was designed to store eye-paint. The slender cylindrical container takes its shape from the palm column, an Egyptian architectural element usually rendered in stone. In this example, eight palm fronds rise from an undecorated cylindrical shaft, flaring out slightly at the top of the vessel. At the […]

Cosmetic Box

Description Hemi-cylindrical in shape, this lidded box was created for the storage of cosmetics. The interior of the container is divided into three compartments: one large and the other two half its size. A recess at one of the short ends of the box allows the flat, rectangular lid to be slotted into place. The […]

Head, Possibly a Wig Stand

Description This head, with its subtly modeled facial features, sits atop an elongated neck. A hole drilled into its bottom facilitates its display. The head is covered in a thick layer of plaster, which in turn has been painted a shade of red usually used for the representation of male skin tones in ancient Egyptian […]

Funerary Stela

Description Funerary stelae such as this one enabled those still in the realm of the living to commemorate those that had gone before them, simultaneously providing them with food, drink, and other requirements for the afterlife. This rectangular stela is divided into two registers that are framed by a torus molding with a cavetto cornice […]

Providing for the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian works from Eton College

For the ancient Egyptians, goods included in burials had very real effects on their owners’ afterlives. Drawing primarily on rarely displayed highlights from the Eton College Myers Collection, this special exhibition explores different methods the Egyptians developed for ensuring their access to the items that made life worth living even after death. These objects can […]


Description (235) This faience amulet depicts the god Thoth in ibis form, seated on a long, rectangular base. An ostrich feather, the Egyptian hieroglyph for the word “truth” (Maat), stands at the front of the amulet, providing a place for the ibis to rest his beak. A suspension loop has been molded onto the ibis’s […]


  Description This delicately modeled amulet is designed to represent a shrine holding the divine image of a god. Incised lines on the front panel of the shrine portray its doors in a perpetual state of being open, revealing a small lump of Egyptian blue on the interior of the shrine meant to represent the […]

Papyrus Column

Description This amulet, made of a turquoise-colored stone, represents a papyrus column. Incised lines on the umbel delineate the leaves, while vertical lines running down the shaft mark off an inscription. Only the beginning of the text, which is faintly inscribed, is preserved. It reads: “Words spoken by…,” a phrase traditionally used at the beginning […]