Hixenbaugh Ancient Art is pleased to announce its latest gallery exhibition, “Egyptian Summer.”  The show provides a broad view into the majestic art of ancient Egypt from the Age of the Pyramids through the reign of Cleopatra.


Egypt has long been a source of fascination.  Even in antiquity, the Greeks and Romans marveled at the grand scale of ancient Egyptian monuments.  Much later, Napoleon was so struck by Egypt’s wonders that he had over 150 civilian scholars accompany him on his Egyptian expedition to document every aspect of Egypt.  The finds that they brought back ushered in a wave of Egyptomania in the west.  As curious Europeans embarked on the Grand Tour of ancient sites, many brought home souvenirs of their visits to Egypt.  These pieces form the core of many museums collections, while many other pieces remain in private hands. 

Ancient Egyptian art was purposeful in its design.  Amulets were thought to provide magical and talismanic influences on individuals’ daily lives.  Statues served as embodiments of gods and goddesses whose divine influence was thought to permeate all aspects of the earthly realm.  Inscriptions were especially significant as the recitation of Hieroglyphic texts was believed to inspire physical manifestation of the words.  The Egyptians desperately wished to perpetuate their existence in the eternal Afterlife.  Many texts in the exhibition convey this notion.  Servant figures (shabtis) are inscribed with spells, so that they might continue to toil for their masters in the Afterlife.  Inscriptions on tomb walls and mummy sarcophagi iterate the social standing of individuals.  These words were believed to actually furnish offerings of sustenance for eternity. 

The exhibition spans the length of ancient Egyptian civilization.  Included are Pre-Dynastic stone vessels, Old Kingdom limestone reliefs, Middle Kingdom wooden tomb figures, Second Intermediate Period scarabs, New Kingdom stone statues, Third Intermediate Period faience shabtis and Late Period mummy masks, bronze statuettes.  The exhibition also includes beautiful ancient Egyptian jewelry that can still be worn today.

The center piece of the “Egyptian Summer,” exhibition is a large limestone sunk relief from the side of a massive 26th Dynasty sarcophagus belonging to an important individual.  The surface is covered with a litany of finely carved Hieroglyphic spells intended to preserve and rejuvenate the mummy within for all time.  Other fine relief work on view include a meticulously carved Old Kingdom relief fragment that invokes the, “Master of Secrets,” a sunk relief with the image of an Egyptian priest and a raised sandstone relief depicting an Ankh, the symbol of life.


Egyptian Limestone Relief of Wahibrenebah 

Descrition de l'Egypte 


Past Exhibitions

new book:

A Complete Guide and Catalog

From 03/21/2019 to 04/27/2019


The photography of Joseph Coscia Jr.

And accompanying ancient glass through December 7

From 10/25/2018 to 11/25/2018


From 05/10/2018 to 05/31/2018

REALM OF OSIRIS: Art of the Egyptian Mummy

Through November 18

From 10/26/2017 to 11/18/2017


through October 14

From 09/21/2017 to 10/14/2017

The GODDESS exhibition features sculpture of of the divine female form in antiquity.

The photography of Joseph Coscia

From 05/19/2017 to 06/30/2017


on view through February 25

From 01/19/2017 to 02/25/2017

Light on Stone:

the photography of Joseph Coscia

From 10/20/2016 to 12/24/2016

Paintings of John Woodrow Kelley

Through October 15

From 09/15/2016 to 10/15/2016


From 06/09/2016 to 07/30/2016


From 04/07/2016 to 05/28/2016


December through February 2016

From 12/10/2015 to 02/13/2016

Art of Ancient America

From 10/29/2015 to 12/05/2015

On view in our Chelsea gallery from October 29 through December 5

PAX ROMANA: Roman art exhibition

From 09/17/2015 to 10/24/2015

On view exclusively at our Chelsea gallery from September 17 to October 24

SYMPOSIUM: Wine and Revelry in Antiquity

From 04/16/2015 to 05/30/2015

On view exclusively at our Chelsea gallery from April 16th to May 30.

the face of antiquity

From 02/01/2015 to 04/11/2015

Our inaugural show in our newly opened Chelsea gallery, on view now through April 11th, explores the widely varied depictions of the human face in ancient art.

Neo-Assyrian Arms and Armor on Display

From 11/15/2011 to 12/31/2011


From 06/01/2008 to 06/30/2008

Our current exhibition includes a number of rare and unusual examples of ancient arms and armor including, Greek bronze helmets and horse armor, Roman legionary bricks, Celtic swords and spears, as well as a number of ancient projectile points.

FEMINA: Women of Antiquity

From 03/27/2008 to 04/30/2008

A special exhibition examining the iconography of women in ancient art


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