In pictures: Egypt – faith after the pharaohs

A new exhibition at The British Museum explores the lives of the different religious communities who lived in Egypt after 30 BC


Egypt: faith after the pharaohs is the first major exhibition in the UK to explore the history of post-pharaonic Egypt, and includes around 200 objects from across 1,200 years of history.


Some of the most notable treasures from this exhibition, which recently opened at The British Museum, include one of the world’s oldest surviving Bibles, a pair of 6-7th century door curtains, and over 200,000 texts from Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo.

Here, we take a speak peak at some of the exhibition’s highlights…


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


An oil lamp carved with a Jewish menorah, Egypt. It is said to be from Alexandria, 3rd-4th century AD. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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

Solomon Schechter c.1898 Cambridge studying boxes of manuscripts from Cairo Geniza.. American -Romanian rabbi, academic scholar, educator, founder and President of the United Synagogue of America, President of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America movement. 7 December , 1847 – 19 Novembe 1915. --- Image by © Lebrecht Authors/Lebrecht Music & Arts/Corbis
Academic Solomon Schechter at his desk in Cambridge, working with documents from the Cairo Genizah from the Ben Ezra synagogue, c1898. © Reproduced by the kind permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library

Ivory pyxis box depicting Daniel with arms raised in prayer. It is flanked by two lions. From Egypt or Syria, 5th or early 6th century AD. © The Trustees of the British Museum


One of a pair of curtains, decorated with Christian imagery and classical imagery. Made from wool. From Egypt, Akhmim, 6th–7th century AD. © The Trustees of the British Museum


The gravestone of ‘Abraham, the perfected monk’. Egypt, 7th century AD. © The Trustees of the British Museum


Lion-shaped rock crystal bottle. Likely to have been used to store perfume or oils, which were among the most luxurious items of any Muslim court. Egypt, probably Cairo, 900–950 AD. © The Trustees of the British Museum


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


Egypt: faith after the pharaohs is open from 29 October 2015 – 7 February 2016 at The British Museum in London. To find out more, click here.