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Temporary Collections

Statue of Euthenia
© BA Antiquities Museum/M. Aly Mohamed Aly

Presentation of the department

In our endeavors to exhibit the most recently acquired objects for the BA Antiquities Museum visitors, we borrow some rare pieces from the Greco-Roman Museum to temporarily put them on display. These collections include pieces that are unique artistically, historically and archaeologically belonging to various domains and various historical eras as follows:

- El-Muhammara Collection that was excavated in Sidi Bishr and which goes back to the Roman Era;

- A collection of funerary masks;

- A collection of the Ras el-Soda Temple statues;

- A collection for the goddess Isis and her special pieces;

- Individual pieces such as the head of Emperor Octavius, and the Good Shepherd statue, and a Marble forearm.

 

Antiquities of Mehamara Area

During excavations at Mehamara area in Sidi-Bishr during January 1973, and at the depth of one meter from the current ground level, a group of marble statues, in addition to a table (or mirror) stand, were accidentally found. The heights of the pieces range from 30 to 140 cm.

This location is no more that a roofless circular frame made of clay. There is a Roman wall adjacent to the location, which is a few meters away from Mehamara Area. At the same ground level, a Roman water cistern was discovered, surmounted by a church; the features of which have not been yet determined because excavations have not been completed.

Ras es-Soda Temple

Ras es-Soda Temple

The temple was found at Ras es-Soda in 1936, on the way leading to Abu Kir. It dates back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE. It consists of a staircase which leads to a platform with four Ionic columns. In the middle of the platform stood a carved foot on a pedestal with Greek inscriptions showing that Isidorus, charioteer, fell down and broke his leg; when he recovered he built this temple in gratitude to the goddess Isis and other gods for his recovery. At the end of the platform was a stand. On this stand existed statues of Isis, Harpocrates, Hermanubis and  Osiris-Canopus.

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