The Egyptology Collections of the University 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.
The “Schiff Giorgini” collection, the result of excavations in Sudan, 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 so-called “roselliniani mementoes”, some pages that illustrate the history and monuments of Egypt. The collection follows a later donation by Monica Benvenuti, which added bronze tools of some sovereigns.
The “Breccia” archive brings together writings by the archeologist, constituting a detailed narration of important discoveries in the Nile Valley.