Col·lecció egípcia
Col·lecció precolombina
Col·lecció filipina
Col·lecció oriental


Egyptian Collection

The different pieces exhibited tell us about the funerary traditions of ancient Egypt. The small mummy of a five year old child stands out because of its singularity, popularly called Nesi, it is an example of one of the five mummies in Catalonia.

The Egyptian collection of the museum is the first one formed in Catalonia and was donated to the museum in the year 1886 by the diplomat and writer Eduardo Toda i Güell, who collaborated with Víctor Balaguer in the Renaixenca movement.

Pre-Columbian Collection

In Catalonia the presence of these objects coming from pre-Colombian cultures started in the XIX century, when sailors and merchants known as "Indianos" would bring these objects with them when they returned from there trips. In this gallery you will find objects representative of the most significant regions of Mesoamerica especially the Mexican plateau, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru

Philippine Collection

The Pieces exhibited tell us about the religious beliefs and the daily life of the archipelago formed by 7,000 islands.

Exhibited are the objects characteristic of the typical cults of the religious beliefs of igorot, people from the mountains in the north of Luzon. There are other objects related to the daily life made of basketwork and wood, just as some weapons and shields, often decorated indicating the social status of the owner.

The pieces shown in this collection belonged to the general exhibition of the Philippines that took place in Madrid in 1887, organized at the request of Víctor Balaguer, that in that time was minister of Ultramar (overseas). The exhibition was repeated in Barcelona the following year. The aim of the exhibition was to introduce the Philippine culture and therefore stimulate commercial exchange between the colonies and Spain. An objective that would find its context in the anthropological interest for “the other one” typical of the XIX century.

Oriental Collection

This collection gathers pieces from both China and Japan, mainly decorative and religious objects.
Amongst the Chinese objects we can find pieces elaborated in ivory original from Canton, that in the beginning of the XIX century becomed and important producer of this kind of pieces. In the case of Japan, pieces made of porcelain and two samurai's armors stand out.
Most of the objects belonging to this collection were exhibited in the Universal Exhibition that took place in Barcelona in 1888, and showed the increasing interest of the European population for the oriental art of the time.