The Mansoor Amarna Collection originally consisted of 106 pieces and approximately 150 fragments, half of which perished in the fire of Shepheard’s Hotel during the 1952 riots by the Egyptian people against the British occupying forces. Of the fragments, only 5 pieces remain. As to the bulk of the collection, only 33 pieces remain in the possession of the Mansoor Amarna Collection Corporation, the others having been sold to private collectors both in Egypt, before and after WWII, and some in the United States, after the collection had been brought to the U.S. while a few others have been given as gifts to various museums and institutions, such as the Louvre Museum, the Vatican Egyptian Museum, San Francisco State University, and the “Cercle Scientifique Etienne Drioton” in Nancy, France.

As to the bulk of the collection, only 33 pieces remain, of which 28 pieces make up (or form) the assets of the Mansoor Amarna Collection Corporation, and 5 pieces being the private property of the Mansoor family.

The collection takes its name from the late Mr. M.A. Mansoor who was born in 1881 from a Coptic-Orthodox family.  He had acquired it over a period of 20 years beginning in 1921. For safety measures, because of the frequent riots in Egypt, Mr. Mansoor sent the collection to the United States between 1947 and 1949, where it would be safe.

The collection has been physically examined and authenticated by more than 25 of the most nonpareil Egyptologists and distinguished Scientists from Museums and Universities, and its authenticity approved by the legendary Dr. Harold J. Plenderleith, formerly Director of the British Museum Laboratory for 35 years, then Founder and First Director Emeritus of ICCROM under UNESCO.

For Dr. Harold J. Plenderleith report, {click here}

For the list of Egyptologists, {click here}

For the list of Scientists, (click here}

Copies of scientific reports and artistic evaluations of the sculptures will be forwarded upon requests made on the letterhead of the Institution or Museum requesting them, or can be reviewed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Vatican Egyptian Museum and Louvre Museum. (Some Museums may not want the public to have access to these reports; in this case we’ll be glad to send you a copy upon request on the letterhead of your Institution, or you may download  them from the Mansoor Amarna Collection website at  http://www.mansooramarnacollection.com/  or send an email to al@mansoor.name or emgmansoor@embarqmail.com

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