The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology (IEAA) manages the Egyptian antiquities housed and displayed in the Art Museum. This
permanent exhibition is open when the Art Museum is open and closed when AMUM is changing
|Statue of Nedjemu. Old Kingdom, Dynasty V (c. 2500-2350 B.C.E.). Limestone with traces
of black, yellow and red paint. Giza, debris outside mastaba 242. Inv. no.: 1987.2.1
The IEAA was established in 1984 under the directorship of Carol Crown, professor
of art history at the University of Memphis.
The IEAA is a Tennessee Center of Excellence operating within the Department of Art
at the University of Memphis. As a teaching and research center, a major responsibility
of the IEAA is the care and display of one of the largest public collections of Egyptian
antiquities in the South. The initial collection of 44 objects was chosen by William
Kelly Simpson and Edward J. Brovarski. It was acquired for the University from the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1975. Bringing the collection to Memphis was only
possible through a grant provided by E. H. Little, former chairman of the board of
Colgate Palmolive, and with the guidance of Charles Allgood and Dana D. Johnson. These
objects, representing the full range of Egyptian history, have been supplemented by
gifts from individuals and other, supportive institutions.
Please direct questions about the collection of Egyptian Antiquities to the IEAA.
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