Friday, October 29, 2021

Egyptological Museum Search

You can also try the Museum Downloader bookmarklet to facilitate downloading images from online catalogues.
Brief introduction to the bookmarklet. 

The Egyptological museum search is a PHP tool aimed to facilitate locating the descriptions and images of ancient Egyptian objects in online catalogues of major museums. Online catalogues (ranging from selections of highlights to complete digital inventories) are now offered by almost all major museums holding ancient Egyptian items and have become indispensable in research work. Yet the variety of web interfaces and of search rules may overstrain any person performing many searches in different online catalogues.

Egyptological museum search was made to provide a single search point for finding objects by their inventory numbers in major collections of Egyptian antiquities that have online catalogues. It tries to convert user input into search queries recognised by museums’ websites. (Thus on museum websites, stela Geneva D 50 should be searched as “D 0050,” statue Vienna ÄS 5046 as “AE_INV_5046,” and coffin Turin Suppl. 5217 as “S. 05217.” Egyptological museum search aims to allow searching for inventory numbers in the form, in which they are cited in scholarly literature.) The following online catalogues are supported:

Short nameFull nameFree license
AberdeenUniversity Museums, The University of Aberdeen
Allard PiersonAllard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam
AshmoleanAshmolean Museum, Oxfordfree for non-commercial educational purposes
BerkeleyPhoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
BerlinThe Berlin Egyptian MuseumCC BY-NC-SA
Bibliotheca AlexandrinaBibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum
BMBritish MuseumCC BY-NC-SA
BolognaThe Archaeological Civic Museum of Bologna
BoltonBolton Museum
BostonMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
BristolBristol Museum & Art Gallery
BrooklynBrooklyn MuseumCC BY (low-resolution images)
BruxellesRoyal Museums of Art and History, Brussels
BudapestMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest
ClevelandThe Cleveland Museum of ArtCC 0
DurhamOriental Museum, Durham University
EdinburghNational Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Field MuseumField Museum, Chicago
FitzwilliamThe Fitzwilliam Museum, University of CambridgeCC BY-NC-ND (low-resolution images)
GenèveThe Museum of Art and History of the City of Genevaroyalty-free use acknowledging the copyright
Glasgow HunterianHunterian Museum Archaeology & Ethnography Collections, Glasgow
JerusalemIsrael Museum, Jerusalem
KøbenhavnNational Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen
LeidenNational Museum of Antiquities, Leiden (Egyptological museum search can search by both inventory and Leemans numbers)CC BY
Liverpool WMWorld Museum, National Museums Liverpool
Los Angeles County MuseumLos Angeles County Museum of Art
LouvreThe Louvre, Paris
LyonMuseum of Fine Arts, Lyon
MadridNational Archaeological Museum, Madrid
ManchesterThe Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester
MMAThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkCC 0
MoscowThe Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
Ny CarlsbergNy Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
OIMOriental Institute Museum, The University of Chicago
PhiladelphiaThe University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia
San JoseThe Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose
StockholmMuseum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm
SwanseaThe Egypt Centre Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Swansea University
SydneyNicholson Museum, The University of Sydney
TorinoEgyptian Museum, TurinCC BY
TorontoRoyal Ontario Museum, Toronto
UCThe Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College LondonCC BY-NC-SA (low-resolution images)
WaltersThe Walters Art Museum, BaltimoreCC 0
WarszawaThe National Museum in WarsawCC 0
WashingtonNational Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian, Washington
WienThe Museum of Art History, ViennaCC BY-NC-SA
Note: NC licenses virtually only allow using images in presentations and theses. CC 0 and CC BY allow using images in printed publications and on websites.

Search forwarding is not yet supported for Global Egyptian Museum and Bible and Orient Museum, Fribourg.

More information on Egyptian collections can be found online on Trismegistos, Artefacts of Excavation, and

The tool can be used in two ways. First, one may use the online search interface. One may select the museum, enter the searched inventory number in the box, and press “Search.” Then the browser is redirected either to the object desription in the online museum catalogue or to a search results page on the museum website. Second, one may send HTTP GET queries to the Egyptological museum search in order to connect it to a one’s own online or offline application by creating query URLs of the following form: number)

In order to provide compatibility with other databases, which may use different designations of the museums, Egyptological museum search supports a number of aliases. Examples of query URLs: 127 York, Metropolitan Museum of Art&no=56.136 1374

In case you wish to adapt Egyptological museum search for the needs of a different discipline, you may make use of its source code published on Github.


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