Regarding Craig McDonald's quest for images of coin cabinets, Kay Freeman submitted this one at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA).
Dominique Vivant-Denon was director of the mint and of the Musée Napoleon (now the Musée du Louvre) as well as a collector and an arbiter of taste during the Napoleonic period. He accompanied the Egyptian campaign of 1798–99 as a draftsman and published his drawings as Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte (1802).
The pylon at Ghoos, in Upper Egypt, served as the model for the top section of this medal cabinet, which was intended for Napoleon but remained in Denon's possession. The front and back panels are inlaid with a silver scarab flanked by uraei (sacred serpents) on lotus stalks. There are twenty-two drawers on each side of the cabinet, all inlaid with a silver bee. One wing is hinged to provide a pull.
WOW! Now THAT'S a CABINET. It was a 1900 bequest of Collis P. Huntington. QUICK QUIZ: What is Huntington's numismatic connection?
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