Vicente Jiménez Ifergan’s archaeological collection of is one of the most important private collections internationally. The Ifergan Collection offers a walk through the ancient history of the Mediterranean which culminates with a visit to the Malaka Room, a space dedicated to the founders of Malaga: the Phoenicians. The Malaka Room, so called in reference to the Phoenician name for Malaga (MLK), contains more than 200 terracotta votive figures from the temple of Tyre, the original city of the navigators who founded our city in the 8th century BC.
They are extraordinary customised representations of men offering friendly greetings, and pregnant women smiling enigmatically or playing musical instruments; there are also several boats with their crew and fantastic creatures that are half man, half fish, as well as two models of funerary scenes without parallel. This is an exceptional collection that allows you to immerse yourself in the Phoenician culture, as important as it is mysterious and forgotten, but whose imprint can still be seen in today’s Malaga.
The Ifergan Collection, focused to the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, includes more than one thousand pieces that cover Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Persia, Rome, Byzantium and the Muslim world. Highlights include a number of Mesopotamian tablets with cuneiform inscriptions, polychrome sarcophagi, canopic jars, ushabtis, Apulian pottery, Roman glass and jewellery, Persian swords, delicate samples of Byzantine and Islamic art, and a singular female head of an Egyptian mummy.