To continue to keep the flame alive despite the pandemic, Egypt is producing a new traveling exhibition that will be presented in the United States, in London and then in France until 2025.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has given its approval for an exhibition abroad. It will last more than three years, from November 2021 to January 2025, according to an article published by Egypt Independent . The exhibition, called “Ramses and the gold of the pharaohsWill be held in several cities in the United States, United Kingdom and France. The collection will be exhibited in Houston, San Francisco, Boston, London and finally Paris, at La Villette.
This will not be the first time that this place has honored ancient Egypt. From March 23 to September 22, 2019, the Grande Halle de La Villette had dedicated an exhibition to Tutankhamun. The exhibition brought together more than 150 pieces – gold jewelry, engravings, sculptures, ritual objects – from the pharaoh’s treasure. Among these pieces, more than fifty had then left Egypt for the first time, and had been integrated into a scenography designed for the occasion. The exhibition had welcomed 1.42 million visitors, breaking the attendance record for an exhibition in France.
In the case of the upcoming exhibition, the theme of gold was chosen since the inhabitants of ancient Egypt thought they would become immortal by using this metal. The exhibition will bring together the most prestigious pieces of the pharaohs. Among them is the statue of Khafre, from the Old Kingdom (2522-2496 BC), which is the oldest pure gold statue bearing the effigy of the king. Another major piece is a ring from the Eighteenth Dynasty, bearing an inscription bearing the effigy of Queen Nefertiti. The ring was not designed for a pharaoh, but its value lay in its material.
Another remarkable piece is a necklace made of gold and rough pearls, dating from 1550 BC. This piece testifies to the finesse of the craftsmanship of ancient Egypt. It was worn by kings and served as a symbol of protection or luck. Another necklace dates from the era of Ramses VI (1140-1132 BC). It consists of double rows of gold pearls, pearls and lapis lazuli. At the end of this necklace hangs a golden eagle. According to the belief of the pharaohs, this chain guaranteed divine protection.
Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to admire representations of Hathor, the goddess of love and beauty. The exhibition will also include a thousand-year-old perfume and numerous gold coins.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities intends to revitalize the sector for which it is responsible. Tourism, a heavyweight in the Egyptian economy, has long been moribund after the years of political instability following the 2011 uprising. After a gradual return of foreign visitors to the banks of the Nile and the Red Sea that began in 2017, the Covid-19 pandemic marks a new blow.
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