The Egyptology collections at the University of Pisa are a surprising vast treasure chest of wealth. The museum was founded thanks to the collections of some scholars and donations by famous figures who stood out for their research in archeology and ethnograph.
First of all Ippolito Rosellini, the founder of Italian Egyptology, who arranged with the French Champollion the successful expedition to Egypt and Nubia.
Like the Schiff Giorgini collection, tied to Michela Schiff Giorgini, who wasn’t an archeologist by profession but passionate enough about the subject that she went on excavations in Sudan, earning an honorary degree. Her explorations brought to Pisa nearly 400 pieces coming from the Temple of Amenhotep III and a few necropolises; these include statues, utensils, jewellery and ivories.
The Picozzi collection comes from the expedition in Egypt and Nubia sponsored by Leopold II in the 1800s. This group of artefacts includes the interesting so-called “roselliniani” mementoes, like some pages that illustrate the history and monuments of Egypt. The collection formed following a donation by Monica Benvenuti is also worth mentioning, which added to the collection bronze tools belonging to some sovereigns.
The Breccia archive is just as important, which brings together writings by the esteemed archeologist, constituting a detailed narration of important discoveries in the Nile Valley.
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