A new home for "Dahsour Lake" by Sayed Mahmoud - The Petrie Museum, UCL


The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London houses 80,000 objects covering all periods of Egyptian history from the Stone Age to modernity: most of the collection was assembled by the great archaeologist Flinders Petrie, who was especially fascinated by the development of techniques over time - including weaving. In an extraordinary echo across the centuries, the brilliant colours and Nile landscape of Sayed Mahmoud's masterpiece invokes the tile fragments excavated by Petrie in the palaces of Akhenaten in Amarna. The museum rarely expands its collections, as it is raising funds for a proper building, and this acquisition was made possible by an extremely generous gift from two Friends of the Petrie Museum. The presence of the tapestry in the Petrie Museum creates a new link with its spiritual home, the lands of Nile.