The Egyptian Collection in the Museum:
This unique collection of Egyptian antiquities came into possession of the erstwhile Huguenot University College at Wellington in 1948 through the generous bequest of Miss E. Armstead of England to her friend Miss S. Stafford, principal of the Huguenot University College from 1933 - 1936.
Miss Armstead was very knowledgeable about ancient Egyptian and Mesopotanian history. She also participated in various expeditions and diggings in these regions. Part of the collection included a clay pot from the time of Abraham (2000 -1900 B.C.) and a small receptacle from which water was drunk (5500 B.C.)
Most of the pieces here dated from the time corresponding to the reign of King Akhenaten who reigned about 1375 B.C. He relocated his capital from Thebes to Akhetateon where he began an extensive building projects of which many were in honour of the one god whom he worshipped.
Akhenaten was the first Egyptian ruler who practised monotheism. This and various other interesting facts concerning the period are to be found in the Armana letters and diggings at Tell-El-Armana. These have enabled researchers to ascertain a great deal about the period.
The Museum houses a rare collection of earrings, pendants, beads and other ornaments from the period - all part of the valuable collection of the erstwhile Huguenot University College. Featured in the Collection are also the bronze Osiris and Ushabti figures. (Osiris was the god of resurrection and the Ushabti were the accompanists to the hereafter.)
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