Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 26th January, 2016)
Wooden Worker Figures
Photo: David (Canon Powershot G15)
Very interesting, where were they found? The one on the left is definitely in charge with her handbag under her arm.
What are ancient Egyptian artefacts doing in the Museum of Wigan Life?
I'm just asking...
I was thinking exactly the same thing Michael. Maybe they are on loan from another museum ? If they have been bought.... it would worry me if I was paying Council Tax in the area.
Looks like they are waiting for a bus!
The were donated by the family of Sir John Scott who was born in Wigan. The exhibition tells all the story and is on until June.
Your right to ask that Michael Gormally, and I agree with you. Apart from the Museum of Wigan life, what is the connection? None if you ask me.Their boring anyway.
Michael Gormally - don't you know that bronze age Wigganers used to trade with ancient Egyptians - supplied all their pies!
Perhaps it is unfair to say this without seeing the exhibition, but these figures just don't say "Wigan" to me, and are not pleasing to the eye. Sorry.
How can anything that gives us an insight into the past ever be boring?
Thank you Dvid for a lovely, informative photograph. I agree with Ken, the figure on the left is definitely in charge!
"The extraordinary trove of almost 40 objects from the great civilisation which flourished along the banks of the Nile is owned by Wigan Council."
"The priceless treasures arrived in the borough in the 1920s after being amassed by a successful Wigan-born judicial expert who advised the rulers of Egypt during the days of the British empire."
The quotes above are from this article published by Wigan Today
That's interesting David, I loved Egyptian history at school, Tutankamun & all that. Looks as if the little figures would have been holding objects by the holes in their hands. To be fair, if they were left to Wigan its right that they should be displayed sometimes.
Great that the family donated these items to the museum. Nice that we don't have to go all the way to the British Museum in London to view such artefacts. Thanks for posting David.
Glad to view these stolen artifacts will once again no doubt when there is a dignitary in town C the light. Maybe Wigan council should sell a few and start looking out for the best interests within the community instead of hoarding .