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Fatma Ali Abbas Mohamed

The Egyptian Museum


Country: Egypt

ITP Year: 2015


As a numismatist, Fatma works in the Papyrus and Coins section at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where she is responsible for their coins collection. Her responsibilities in the department have included preparing the general catalogue of coins for researchers in the field of numismatics, and day to day documentation and registration of the collection.

Currently, she is working on a permanent display of coin collections in the Egyptian Museum, documenting the collection and working on the classification and registration of repatriated coins collections. She is also preparing workshops for colleagues in the Ministry.

Fatma is currently a PhD candidate, and had a paper published in the Journal of the International Numismatic Congress after her attendance the Congress where she represented Egypt for the first time. She is currently working on the abstract of the Archaeology and Astronomy in Human Civilizations Conference.

Fatma has a master’s in ancient arts, and her thesis was a comparison study of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine arts through the scenes depicted on coins and their equivalence in ancient Egypt. Fatma also studies Italian and Latin to aid in her work and study of coins.

Fatma’s dream for museums of the future is for more museums to display coins – which are a real passion of hers – providing a suitable space to display them, and appropriate possibilities which allow access to a branch of archaeology that integrates religion, politics and economics, and represents all groups of society, to spread archaeological awareness.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2015, Fatma was based in the British Museum’s Department of Egypt and Sudan. Her UK Partner placement was spent at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Following her attendance on the ITP in 2015, Fatma made connections with the Coins and Medals Department at the British Museum for future cooperation with her department at the Egyptian Museum.

In 2015 each participant was asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition based on the physical space and concept of the Asahi Shimbun Displays in Room 3 at the British Museum. Fatma’s exhibition project proposal was titled Wrestling in Ancient Egypt.

Fatma’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Sfumato Foundation.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Bulletin Board
ITP Newsletter Issue 4 (2017), Your collection in focus: Objects personifying peace and harmony in the Egyptian Museum