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Egyptological Museum Search


You can also try the Museum Downloader bookmarklet to facilitate downloading images from online catalogues.
Brief introduction to the bookmarklet. 

The Egyptological museum search is a PHP tool aimed to facilitate locating the descriptions and images of ancient Egyptian objects in online catalogues of major museums. Online catalogues (ranging from selections of highlights to complete digital inventories) are now offered by almost all major museums holding ancient Egyptian items and have become indispensable in research work. Yet the variety of web interfaces and of search rules may overstrain any person performing many searches in different online catalogues.

Egyptological museum search was made to provide a single search point for finding objects by their inventory numbers in major collections of Egyptian antiquities that have online catalogues. It tries to convert user input into search queries recognised by museums’ websites. (Thus on museum websites, stela Geneva D 50 should be searched as “D 0050,” statue Vienna ÄS 5046 as “AE_INV_5046,” and coffin Turin Suppl. 5217 as “S. 05217.” Egyptological museum search aims to allow searching for inventory numbers in the form, in which they are cited in scholarly literature.) The following online catalogues are supported:

Short name Full name Free license
Aberdeen University Museums, The University of Aberdeen
Allard Pierson Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam
Ashmolean Ashmolean Museum, Oxford free for non-commercial educational purposes
Berkeley Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Berlin The Berlin Egyptian Museum CC BY-NC-SA
Bibliotheca Alexandrina Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum
BM British Museum CC BY-NC-SA
Bologna The Archaeological Civic Museum of Bologna
Bolton Bolton Museum
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bristol Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Brooklyn Brooklyn Museum CC BY (low-resolution images)
Bruxelles Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels
Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Cleveland The Cleveland Museum of Art CC 0
Durham Oriental Museum, Durham University
Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Field Museum Field Museum, Chicago
Fitzwilliam The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge CC BY-NC-ND (low-resolution images)
Genève The Museum of Art and History of the City of Geneva royalty-free use acknowledging the copyright
Glasgow Hunterian Hunterian Museum Archaeology & Ethnography Collections, Glasgow
Jerusalem Israel Museum, Jerusalem
København National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen
Leiden National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden (Egyptological museum search can search by both inventory and Leemans numbers) CC BY
Liverpool WM World Museum, National Museums Liverpool
Los Angeles County Museum Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Louvre The Louvre, Paris
Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon
Madrid National Archaeological Museum, Madrid
Manchester The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester
MMA The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York CC 0
Moscow The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
Ny Carlsberg Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
OIM Oriental Institute Museum, The University of Chicago
Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia
San Jose The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose
Stockholm Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm
Swansea The Egypt Centre Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Swansea University
Sydney Nicholson Museum, The University of Sydney
Torino Egyptian Museum, Turin CC BY
Toronto Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
UC The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London CC BY-NC-SA (low-resolution images)
Walters The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore CC 0
Warszawa The National Museum in Warsaw CC 0
Washington National Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian, Washington
Wien The Museum of Art History, Vienna CC BY-NC-SA
Note: NC licenses virtually only allow using images in presentations and theses. CC 0 and CC BY allow using images in printed publications and on websites.

Search forwarding is not yet supported for Global Egyptian Museum and Bible and Orient Museum, Fribourg.

More information on Egyptian collections can be found online on Trismegistos, Artefacts of Excavation, and Desheret.org.

The tool can be used in two ways. First, one may use the online search interface. One may select the museum, enter the searched inventory number in the box, and press “Search.” Then the browser is redirected either to the object desription in the online museum catalogue or to a search results page on the museum website. Second, one may send HTTP GET queries to the Egyptological museum search in order to connect it to a one’s own online or offline application by creating query URLs of the following form:

http://static.egyptology.ru/varia/mus.php?museum=(Museum)&no=(Inventory number)

In order to provide compatibility with other databases, which may use different designations of the museums, Egyptological museum search supports a number of aliases. Examples of query URLs:

http://static.egyptology.ru/varia/mus.php?museum=Leyden&no=D 127

http://static.egyptology.ru/varia/mus.php?museum=New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art&no=56.136

http://static.egyptology.ru/varia/mus.php?museum=Turin&no=Cat. 1374

In case you wish to adapt Egyptological museum search for the needs of a different discipline, you may make use of its source code published on Github.


Egyptological museum search | Impressum


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