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Kelsey in Focus

The Kelsey Museum has over 100,000 objects in its collection but can only display a small fraction of them at any given time. A generous donor has given funds for a new program, Kelsey in Focus, a space dedicated to showcasing seldom-seen objects and highlighting the research of our curators, faculty, staff, and students.

Installment #2: Coptic Ostraka: Writings from Christian Egypt

Clay ostrakon inscribed in ink with excerpts from Psalm 104. 7th–8th century AD. Egypt. Carl Schmidt Purchase, 1936. KM 25165.

Slipped clay ostrakon inscribed in ink with quotations from Psalms. 7th–8th century AD. Egypt. Carl Schmidt Purchase, 1936. KM 25049.

Limestone ostrakon inscribed in ink with a literary letter of Severus. 7th–8th century AD. Egypt. Carl Schmidt Purchase, 1936. KM 25120.

Installment #1: Ducks from Seleucia (by way of Toledo)

Head of a duck, clay. 1st–2nd century AD. Seleucia on the Tigris excavations, KM 2018.1.106.

Figure of a duck, clay. 1st century AD. Seleucia on the Tigris excavations, KM 2018.1.105.

Head of a duck; clay, slip, paint. 2nd century AD. Seleucia on the Tigris excavations, KM 2018.1.104.