As part of the 19th century belief that the Ancient Worlds were a window into the past, and also that a display of ancient objects reflected a civilised and cultured society, the Western Australian Museum acquired numerous objects from early 20th century excavations in Egypt. Other objects in this collection have been donated or purchased to reflect ancient Egyptian culture.
Most artefacts in this collection consist of pottery objects sourced from excavations at Abydos by William Leonard S Loat, and by John Garstang at various locations (e.g. Hierakonpolis [Kom el Ahmar], Esna, Hissayeh). These artefacts were collected between 1906 and 1913. Other material includes stone tools from the Fayum. We also have small items reflecting the role of ancient Egypt in popular culture.