Monday, 26 March 2012

Jacob S. Rogers and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

When i began my Hatshepsut interests i knew of her temple and her obelisks. Today i enjoy recording and sharing the artifacts that history has been kind enough to spare, relating directly and indirectly to Hatshepsut's lifetime. It is through the recording of artifacts that i stumbled upon a real "character" in Jacob S. Rogers.

MMA Article on Jacob S. Rogers

Our story begins with his death. He left a considerable sum of money to the MMA, under certain conditions, which the MMA went on to use well, as the article demonstrates.

Between 1911-1931, excavations conducted by Herbert Winlock of the MMA were undertaken at Deir el Bahri. During that period a great number of finds (hundreds) ended up in the MMA (as well as other museums).

The "Rogers Fund" helped fund the excavations. The results of the 20 years spent at Deir el Bahri provided the world with a great many finds. Statues, foundation deposits, temple relief and a great deal more. See for your self: MMA Hatshepsut archive. Of course, not all items at the MMA are from the Rogers Fund, but many relating to Hatshepsut are.

Today the MMA sports a room dedicated to Hatshepsut, showcasing some of the most fantastic statues recovered at Deir el Bahri by the museum during their 20 years. Many more items linked with Hatshepsut are on display elsewhere in the museum and in storage.


1 comment:

scott davidson said...

What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.