The Ferk Egyptian Collection

The Ferk Egyptian Collection

The collection is currently not on display.

The Egyptian Collection was donated at the end of the 19th century to the Ptuj Museum Society by Professor Franz Ferk.
Amongst the fifty-nine exhibits are many amulets, as well as everyday figures used by Egyptians to cast spells and ward off misfortunes. The ushabti funerary figurines – with which the deceased were buried, and on which they could call upon in the afterlife to undertake manual labour – are of particular interest. Also exhibited are two masks; made of textile, topped with plaster then painted and gilded with gold leaf, these were originally placed on the mummified remains. In addition to people, the ancient Egyptians also used to mummify animals, and an embalmed bird also features amongst the exhibits. All these items date from Egypt’s Late Period, namely the 25th – 31st dynasties (720 – 332 B.C.) as well as the Ptolemaic Kingdom (350- 30 B.C.) prior to Roman rule.

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