Ancient Egypt revealed

Ancient hieroglyphs and gilded mummy masks are the latest works of art that the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica will display to fascinate its visitors.

"Shadow of the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and its Influence" is now open and will be on view through Nov. 25 in the Museum of Art. Admission is $10 or $5 for students.

Ancient Egyptian works never before brought together from private collections and museums will be displayed, examining the tremendous inspiration that these rarities have had over the centuries.

A coffin with colorful figures and hieroglyphs, a selection of gilded and linen and plaster mummy masks, and shabtis — statues that serve as laborers in the afterlife — are just some of the works that show the lure which Egypt has had.

This is just one of many such exhibitions put on by Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. In 1919 the institute was chartered as "an artistic, musical and social center," according to its website at For decades, the institute has been a focus of the region’s artistic world through its program divisions: Museum of Art, Performing Arts and School of Art.