Curator collection Egypt

Maarten Raven (photos: Rob Overmeer)Maarten Raven (photos: Rob Overmeer)

Prof. dr. Maarten J. Raven

Curator collection Egypt

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Maarten J. Raven (1953) studied Egyptian Languages and Literature, History of Art and Archaeology at the University of Leiden. Since 1975, he performs fieldwork at Saqqara (Egypt). He is particularly interested in the art and material culture of the New Kingdom and the Late Period, in iconography, magic and symbolism, and in Egyptomania and the rediscovery of Ancient Egypt. Raven wrote his dissertation on aspects of funerary symbolism (Symbols of resurrection: three studies in ancient  Egyptian iconography, 1984). He published many articles, catalogues and monographs on material culture, the Leiden collection and fieldwork in Saqqara.

In September 2012, Maarten Raven was appointed Extraordinary Professor of the Museology of Ancient Egypt in the Egyptology department of the Faculty of Humanities. He focuses on the museum aspects of Egyptology and investigates the formation of Egyptian collections in museums in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Besides his appointment as curator, Raven is active as board member of various institutions in the field of museums and Egyptology.


  • Art and material culture of Ancient Egypt and Nubia
  • Egyptomania and the history of Egyptology

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Key research projects

  • The collection of Egyptian bronzes of the National Museum of Antiquities (1984-present)
  • The collection of Egyptian mummies of the National Museum of Antiquities, a joint venture between the National Museum of Antiquities and the Amsterdam Medical Centre (1997-2005)
  • The Dutch contribution towards the rediscovery of Ancient Egypt (Testas, Insinger) (1985-present)
  • Excavations in the New Kingdom necropolis at Sakkara (Egypt), a joint venture of the National Museum of Antiquities and the Egypt Exploration Society (1975-1998), the University of Leiden (1999-present) and the Museo Egizio in Turin (2015-present)

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