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A Pre-Columbian incense burner with a crocodile lid (500 - 1350 CE), from the Carlos Museum's extensive collection of Central American artifacts

The Michael C. Carlos Museum is administered by Emory University on its campus in DeKalb County near Atlanta, Georgia.

The Carlos Museum has the largest collections in the Southeast United States of objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, and the ancient Americas. The collections are housed in a Michael Graves designed building which is open to the public.

The museum is named after Atlanta philanthropist Michael C. Carlos, chairman of a wine and spirits wholesaler, the National Distributing Company. Carlos donated nearly twenty million dollars over two decades to the museum that bears his name. He died in December 2002 at the age of 75.[1]

In 1999, the Carlos Museum purchased an unidentified male mummy that some thought could be a New Kingdom pharaoh. Through research and collaboration with Emory University medical experts, museum scholars were able to identify the mummy as pharaoh Ramesses I. The museum returned the mummy to Egypt in 2003 as a gift of goodwill and international cultural cooperation.[2][3]

On June 6, 2006 the museum purchased a headless statue Venus, for $968,000 at a Sotheby's auction in New York. A private collector in Houston, Texas, agreed to sell to whoever purchased the body, the head as well, which was last documented attached to the body in 1836. The head was sold for an additional $50,000.[4]

References

  1. ^ Emory Magazine, Winter 2003. "Remembering Museum Benefactor Michael C. Carlos". http://www.emory.edu/EMORY_MAGAZINE/winter2003/precis_carlos.html. Retrieved August 7, 2006.  
  2. ^ "Egypt's 'Ramses' mummy returned". BBC. 26 October 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3215747.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-13. "An ancient Egyptian mummy thought to be that of Pharaoh Ramses I has returned home after more than 140 years in North American museums."  
  3. ^ "U.S. Museum to Return Ramses I Mummy to Egypt.". National Geographic. April 30, 2003. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0430_030430_royalmummy.html. Retrieved 2008-04-13. "A 3,000-year-old mummy that many scholars believe is ancient Egypt's King Ramses I is the star attraction of an exhibit at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta that will run from April 26 to September 14."  
  4. ^ "Museum to Reunite Venus Statue With Head". Associated Press in Washington Post. June 13, 2006. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/13/AR2006061301599.html. Retrieved 2008-04-13. "For the first time in possibly 170 years, a Roman marble statue of Venus will be reunited with its head as both are coming to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, where conservators will piece them back together."  

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