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A Pasha's Pleasures: R.G. Gayer-Anderson And His Pharaonic Collection In Cairo

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The name of R.G. Gayer-Anderson is well known in the world of Egyptology as his bequests of Egyptian art form part of several museums' collections. However, few people know that Gayer-Anderson left a collection of Pharaonic objects in Cairo that are kept in his former house, the Gayer-Anderson Museum, and fewer still the history of the man. This chapter attempts to serve as an introduction to both. Much of Gayer-Anderson's early Egyptian collecting was done between 1907 and 1914. One of Gayer-Anderson's most famous acquisitions was what became his final home in Egypt, the Beit al-Kretliya. The Gayer-Anderson Museum in Cairo contains all that Gayer-Anderson left behind when he finally returned to England, with objects to feed every interest and excite even the most jaded of palates.

Keywords: Beit al-Kretliya; Cairo; pharaonic collection; R.G. Gayer Anderson



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