There are some artifacts in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum that are frequently requested for teaching purposes by Hopkins faculty. One such example is this Egyptian cat mummy. Although well-preserved, the delicate nature of this artifact poses unique challenges when it becomes necessary to move it from storage to the classroom. A new mount that […]
Jennifer Torres is the Collections Technician of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Her primary duties include the rehousing and photography of the museum’s collection. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies in 2013. In 2015, she received her M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in Collections Management from the George Washington University.
Our collection of ancient glass fragments received the star treatment! These small fragments were transferred from storage and brought to our photography room to be photo-documented. Ancient glass was made in many parts of the ancient world, including Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and used for both utilitarian and decorative purposes. The process to manufacture the […]
This tiny box with a lid, likely Roman and made of bone or ivory, is called a pyxis, and was probably used as a woman’s cosmetic or trinket set. By rehousing the lid separately from the box, not only is the object now safe from further abrasion caused by the two pieces rubbing against each […]
I’ve been working closely with Conservation Fellow Julia Commander from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation on the rehousing of a collection of linen mummy wrappings. Many of these wrappings had been placed on or around old acidic cardboard scraps and put inside manila envelopes, causing more harm to the already fragile ancient wrappings. […]
Not all bells that jingle are sleigh bells! These cooper alloy bells resembling the face of a monkey and made in the 1960s in the Aztec/Mixtec style received a home makeover this week. Although not ancient or archaeologically derived, these objects still require stabilization in our storage. Custom mounts and boxes were created for each […]
Sometimes rehousing an object can reveal some exciting details that haven’t been seen in a long time. This stone fragment was previously stored in a way that blocked this very unique handwritten paper label that had been adhered to the object’s side. Now properly rehoused, the contents of the label are clearly visible and reveal […]
A portion of the museum’s collection of Greco-Roman objects contains gold earrings, metal rings with precious stones, pendants, bells, and personal adornments that are small in size. These tiny objects were previously housed in relatively large boxes that took up too much space in our storage drawers. By using trays containing boxes that measure only […]
The rehousing of the museum’s collection of amulets has officially begun! Each amulet is placed in its own archival-quality bag and tied to a piece of corrugated board. The amulets can then be stacked upright, saving some much needed space in our storage and are much easier to access. So far, 79 amulets have been […]
Our collection of Egyptian shabtis and figurines got a home makeover! They were previously rehoused together in groups, which made it difficult to access for research and teaching. As of today, all such small objects are rehoused in their own box, allowing for easier access and handling!
Objects in a museum collection are assigned a unique number, called an accession number that connects the object to its records including its history. Sometimes an object is disassociated from its accession number and subsequently its history. Such is the case of this metal object shown here, newly rehoused in its custom storage box. We […]