Giovanni d'Anastasi (1780-1860)

Greek diplomat and collector
He was born in Egypt as the son of a Greek merchant who made a fortune as surveyor to Napoleon's army. As one of Egypt's leading tradesmen, Anastasi also served as Swedish-Norwegian Consul-General, and like his colleagues he started collecting antiquities. His first collection was acquired for the Leiden Museum in 1828, and contained the three statues of Maya and Meryt and other masterpieces from Saqqara. A second collection went to the British Museum in 1839, the remainder was auctioned in Paris in 1857.