ashmoleanmuseum: Blue Monday


Blue Monday

This ancient Egyptian carved siltstone figure, inlaid with shell ring-beads, is more than 5,000 years old and is just 8cm tall. It was excavated at Naqada by Egyptologist Flinders Petrie.

Thanks to the work of Petrie and many other archaeologists, the Ashmolean is among the few places where it is possible to explore the civilizations of the Nile valley across thousands of years, from their prehistoric origins to the impact of the Roman Empire.