Meg Swaney is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University studying Egyptian Art and Archaeology. She also holds a master's degree in Museum Studies from New York University ('13), where her research focused on the ethics of displaying Egyptian mummies, as well as a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago ('11).

A Painted Coffin (ca. 664-525 BCE)

This coffin was donated to Johns Hopkins by the nephews of Colonel Cohen in 1884 because they “felt a pride in the collection, and desire that it should remain in this community.” Originally listed in Cohen’s “Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities” as a “Mummy-case in wood, painted; with vertical line of hierog[lyphs] in front,” the coffin […]

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Surprising Identity of an Egyptian Jackal-Headed Figurine Object 2006 D at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum represents a small, jackal-headed figurine wearing a pleated robe.  It has been variously identified as a 19th Dynasty terracotta figurine of Anubis for a canopic jar and conversely as a wooden figurine of Duamutef with […]