New Life for 4,000-year-old Wooden Sculptures from Ancient Egypt

Published 28 April 

The Glyptotek’s vast collection includes a number of rare, painted wooden sculptures and artefacts from ancient Egypt. The oldest of them are more than 4,000 years old and extremely fragile, so require a lot of TLC.

That is why the Glyptotek has embarked on a major conservation project. It involves preserving and restoring the ancient Egyptian statuettes, wooden models and grave goods, and investing them with colourful new life prior to being displayed in the museum’s Egyptian collection.

The objects include three extremely rare Roman panel paintings from 100-400 CE – the only ones of their kind in the Nordic region.  The panel paintings originate from Egypt, where Carl Jacobsen, the founder of the Glyptotek, purchased them in 1892.

The job of conserving these 22 ancient Egyptian artefacts is in the hands of the Danish conservation/restauration firm Komposit and funded by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces.

The project will continue until September 2022.

Roman panel paintings from 100-400 CE

The organization

At this page you can find the organizational structure of the Glyptotek, find staff information and contact details


The Glyptotek’s superlative collection contains over 10,000 works of art and archaeological objects


Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was founded by the brewer, Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914), who was one of the great industrial magnates of the 19th century