We may be known for our dinosaurs but Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s collection actually began with Egypt. Purchased by Andrew Carnegie, the first object accessioned (acc. 1-1) is a Dynasty 21 Egyptian coffin that belonged to a chantress of Amun, who was probably a temple singer.
Before the coffin was sealed, a floral wreath made of woven leaves, grass, and flowers was placed across the mummy’s chest. Such wreaths are important in the study of ancient Egyptian flora.
(Photo by Josh Franzos)