The Menna Collection

The Egypt Centre is delighted to welcome a new jewellery collection by designer Menna Lloyd.

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Her unique collection is inspired by ancient Egypt, and her contemporary pieces are fashioned out of 'silver overlaid with gold and a form of clay.   Her truly remarkable exhibition and consignment pieces are now available to view, and buy, at the Egypt Centre.

The collection is named after both the designer and the ‘muse’, ‘Menna’.


The ancient Egyptian Menna was a highly respected scribe during the reign of Pharaoh Tuthmosis III (c.1400 BC). His titles included those of ‘Scribe of the Fields of the Two Lands of Upper and Lower Egypt’ and ‘Field overseer of Amun’. He would have worked in the temple of Amun at Karnak and his tomb is well known to Egyptologists for its religious and agricultural scenes. One of the pieces designed by Menna Lloyd shows the daughter of the ancient Egyptian picking lotus flowers and holding a brace of birds.

Menna necklace

Menna Lloyd states of ancient Menna:

Besides being the namesake of the designer, he also leaves us the legacy of the most magical tombs in the Luxor Valley, with whimsical imagery of Egyptian life.

The images represented in the Menna range of jewellery use a special technique to transfer drawings and images onto her pieces and then embed them within a fine silver framework. The combination of rock crystal and pearl with the various colours of sari silk are used to complement the playful nature of the Ancient Egyptian art of that era.

The Menna Collection is on display in the Egypt Centre shop area until February 1st 2013.


The Egypt Centre, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, situated at the Swansea University officially opened in 1998. The collection comprises over 4500 objects largely from the pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome collection (1853-1936).  The Egyptian material largely covers the period c.100,000 B.C. - A.D. 500 in two galleries and includes jewellery dating from the time of Tutankhamun, weapons, a mummified crocodile and much, much more. There are lots of hands on activities for children and adults alike, the most popular of which is the dummy mummy. Come and try your hand at mummification!  For further information about the Egypt Centre contact 01792 295960 or visit the web site at

NB: The Egypt Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm but will be closed from 22nd December reopening on  Wednesday 2nd January.