Egyptian Art Intrigues World History Classes

As the culminating activity in their study of the world’s first civilizations and ancient Egypt in particular, eighth grade World History classes visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 20 to see the institution’s renowned Ancient Egypt exhibit. History teachers Mrs. Heather Marshall-Fleenor and Ms. Brittany Richards escorted the group on a stroll across Central Park to the museum on Fifth Avenue.

Starting at the Tomb of Perneb, students wound their way through papyrus scrolls of the Book of the Dead, mummies, canopic jars, antique Egyptian jewelry, figurines, and impressive statues of Queen Hatshepsut. The tour ended at the magnificent Temple of Dendur. “This is a great way for the students to have a visual close-up of the actual artifacts they study in class,” said Ms. Richards.

The visitors were encouraged to find key symbols like the ankh, cobra, falcon and beetle—all of which are important symbols often used by the Egyptians in their art to reference their political or religious history.

Museum docents led three groups of students throughout the exhibit. “The trip to the museum was very enjoyable,” said Jeff, an eighth grader. “Our tour guide knew a lot about the things in the exhibit.”