Antiquity

  • The Egyptian collection is particularly comprehensive and covers the entire history of the country, from prehistory to Roman times. Star items are the 'Lady of Brussels', the reliefs from the tomb-chapel of the official Nerferirtenef, from the Old Kingdom, the refined relief image of Queen Tiy from the 18th dynasty, and ten mummies and their sarcophagi. The mummy hall is currently closed for renovation. It will reopen in May 2018. However, several mummies are on display temporarily in the other halls of the Egyptian section.
  • Hundreds of tablets, cylinder seals, ceramic items, reliefs and other antiquities strikingly demonstrate just how much our modern civilization owes to the cultural flourishing of the neighbouring Land of the Two Rivers.
  • A constant is the collection of Greek vases that take the visitor from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period.
  • The core of the ‘Roman’ collection is formed by the archaeological finds of the Belgian mission in Apamea on the Orontes in what is now Syria.