In pictures: Faith after the Pharaohs

The first major UK exhibition to examine the history of post-pharaonic Egypt goes on show at the British Museum, London, at the end of October. Here's a preview of some of the remarkable pieces on show

Rabbi and scholar Solomon Schechter at his desk in Cambridge, c1898, working with documents from the Cairo Genizah from the Ben Ezra synagogue © Reproduced by the kind permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library

 

Seated figure of the Roman god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, limestone, Egypt, 1st–2nd century AD © The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Bust of Germanicus, great-nephew of Augustus with a Christian cross carved onto the forehead, Egypt, c14–20 AD © The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Codex Sinaiticus, open at John, chapter 5, verse 6 – chapter 6 verse 23, New Testament volume © Image courtesy of the British Library

 

One of pair of curtains, decorated with Christian imagery and classical imagery, linen and wool, Egypt, 6th–7th century AD © The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Marble relief from a funerary monument with Arabic inscription, later reused as a grave stela in AD 966–67. Originally made in 10th century AD, probably in Cairo © The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Oil lamp carved with a Jewish menorah, clay, Egypt, said to be from Alexandria, 3rd-4th century AD © The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Lion-shaped rock crystal bottle, likely used to store perfume or oils, which were among the most luxurious items of any Muslim court. Probably made in Cairo, AD 900–950 © The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs is on show at the British Museum, London, from 29 October–7 February 2016. For more information, and to book tickets, visit the museum website

 

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