Monday, March 25, 2019

Egypt- Misr Insurance covers belongings of Golden Pharaoh with $900m | MENAFN.COM

This doesn't seem like nearly enough insurance. After all, Trump's worthless wall can cost $8 billion plus. Tutankhamun's priceless treasures ought to be worth substantially more.


Egypt- Misr Insurance covers belongings of Golden Pharaoh with $900m

(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Misr Insurance Company has signed a contract with the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the company organising the tours of King Tutankhamun's belongings in many countries of the world to provide insurance coverage of $900m to the artefacts, an equivalent of EGP 16.2bn.

Daily News Egypt has learned that Misr Insurance will be securing King Tut's treasures against all possible risks form the start of their journey until they return to Egypt.

The Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El Anany, and the French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, have both opened the King Tut exhibition at its second stop in Paris under the name 'Tutankhamun…Treasures of the Pharaoh.' This was in the presence of the Egyptian ambassador in Paris, Ehab Badawy, after its exhibition period ended in Los Angeles, the United States.

Daily News Egypt also learned that the insurance document of the Egyptian Pharaoh covers many risks the King's belongings might be exposed to during their domestic flights from the moment of their departure from Egypt until their return. The insurance is against risks of fire, burglary, and any additional risks as well as potential risks resulting from riots or disturbances during the flight.

The list of artefacts includes 166 pieces from King Tutankhamun's belongings, including a number of Ushabti statuses, wooden boxes, Canopian pots, a wooden 'Ka' statue, and alabaster pots.

King Tut's tour coincides with celebrations marking the centennial of the 20th century's most important discovery of his tomb, which was made in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter, on the western bank of Luxor, before the tomb gets exhibited permanently at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which will open in 2020, according to the ministry of antiquities.

Officials of the King Tutankhamun exhibition hall in France have announced that up to 180,000 tickets have been sold so far by booking in advance. Visitors want to see the temporary exhibition of the young king at the City of Science and Industry at Parc de la Villette, located in northern Paris. The exhibition will continue until mid-September 2019.

The King Tutankhamun exhibition, held in coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, international exhibition companies, and the IMG, was a great achievement when it was in California, according to the exhibition's online page, as more than 500,000 visitors were at the exhibitions, and about $5m were collected.


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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Zamalek exhibition offers glimpse of royal faces from a bygone era - Museums - Heritage - Ahram Online

Zamalek exhibition offers glimpse of royal faces from a bygone era

Ahram Online visits an exhibition at the Centre of Arts dedicated to the Mohamed Ali dynasty

Zeinab El-Gundy , Wednesday 20 Mar 2019
Features of an era exhibit in Cairo
The bust statue of Mohamed Ali Pasha and in the back the bronze statue of his son Khedive Ismail and the oil painting of his grandson Khedive Tawfik as part of "Features of an era" exhibit, hosted at Aisha Fahmy Palace. (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)
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An exhibition at the Centre of Arts in Zamalek offers a fascinating glimpse into Egypt's monarchical period, with a collection of paintings and statues depicting the Mohamed Ali dynasty which ruled Egypt for nearly 150 years.

The "Features of an Era" exhibition, which opened in January and closes next week, is showcasing a number of items that have never before been displayed for the public.

Mohamed Ali Pasha          Bust
The marble statue of Mohamed Ali Pasha, the founder of Modern Egypt in the middle of the main hall in Aisha Fahmy's Palace standing between oil painting of his grandsons Khedive Tawfik and King Fouad I (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

According to the director of centre and the organiser of the exhibition Ehab El-Laban, "Features of an Era" is the newest in the series of exhibitions called "Treasures of our Museums" hosted at the centre since its inauguration, focusing on unique items from Egyptian museums.

Said Pasha and          Khedive Tawfik Pasha
Oil painting of Khedive Tawfik and his uncle Said Pasha at "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo. (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

The Centre of Arts is located in Aisha Fahmy's Palace, a neo-classical European architectural gem in upscale Zamalek. The palace was built in 1907 was turned in to a centre of arts by the Ministry of Culture in 1975.

It was closed for the past two decades for renovations and was reopened in May 2017. It has since begun to host a series of exhibitions.

The first exhibition's theme was paintings by internationally renowned artists in Egyptian museums. The second was "ancient textiles" from the Islamic and Coptic museums.

Stained glass at          Aisha Fahmy Palace
The stained glass and staircase at Aisha Fahmy's Palace in Zamalek, Cairo. (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

The current exhibition showcases 120 painting and artefacts that were already in the less-known Al-Gazeera Arts Museum, which has been closed for nearly two decades due to maintenance and renovation work.

Ibrahim pasha
An undated Marble bust statue of Egypt's Ibrahim Pasha and a 19th-century oil painting depicting him as part of "Features of an era" exhibition at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of Art" in Cairo (Photo:Zeinab El-Gundy)

Most of the artefacts are paintings and portraits of members of the Mohamed Ali family, including Mohamed Ali himself, considered the founder of the modern Egyptian state.

Mohamed Ali Pasha
A 19-century oil painting of Mohamed Ali Pasha, the founder of Modern Egypt at "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo. (Photo:Zeinab El-Gundy)

The Mohamed Ali dynasty started in 1804 when Mohamed Ali Pasha, an Albanian commander in the Ottoman army, was chosen by the public to rule Egypt to break away from Ottoman rule following Napoleon's short invasion of Egypt in the late 18thcentury.

Mohamed Ali Pasha
A bronze statue depicting Mohamed Ali Pasha riding a horse at "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo. (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

For nearly 150 years Egypt saw ups and downs under the rule of Mohamed Ali royal family.

Mohamed Ali Pasha
A 19-century oil painting of Mohamed Ali Pasha, the founder of Modern Egypt at "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo.(Photo:Zeinab El-Gundy)

The dynasty's rule came to an end on 23 July 1952 when a group of Egyptian army officers, led by Mohamed Naguib and Gamal Abdel-Nasser, overthrew King Farouk, sending him into exile in Italy, where he lived until his death.

On 18 June 1953, the Egyptian republic was officially declared, putting an official end to the monarchy.

King Farouk and          King Fouad
The granite bust of King Fouad I and an oil painting of his son King Farouk, the last king of Egypt as part of "Features of era" exhibition hosted at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

Members of the Mohamed Ali family were among the visitors to the exhibition in Cairo, including Crown Prince Mohamed Ali, the son of former King Ahmed Fouad II and grandson of King Farouk, as well his wife Princess Nawal, who came from abroad to see it.

King Farouk
A painting of King Farouk on the board of Egypt's Royal Ship "Al-Mahrousa" at "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo. (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

Queen Nariman
A portrait of Egypt and Sudan's last reigned queen Nariman at "Features of an era" exhibition in Aisha Fahmy's palace "Centre of arts", Cairo. Queen Nariman was the second and last wife of King Farouk (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

Former Prince Abbas Helmy, the son of Prince Mohamed Abdel Moneim and the grandson of Khedive Abbas Helmy II, visited the exhibition and expressed his happiness to the curators about how it shows the public paintings and artefacts that they have not seen before. 

Khedive Abbas          Helmy II
A painting of Khedive Abbas Helmy II at "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo. (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

Prince Mohamed          Abdel Moneim
A painting of Prince Mohamed Abdel Moneim, son of Khedive Abbas Helmy II by Swiss painter Otto Pilny in 1904 at "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo.

Melekper Toussoun, the granddaughter of Prince Omar Toussoun who was known for his huge contribution to charity, archaeology, culture and the independence movement came from Paris to see the exhibition.

Toussoun praised the exhibition and its organisers saying that she was happy to finally see recognition of the good things done by the Mohamed Ali dynasty in Egypt.

Prince Omar          Tousson
A painting of Prince Omar Tousson at "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo. (Photo:Zeinab El-Gundy)
(Photo: Prince Omar Toussoun)

The exhibition also includes valuable household items that were once owned by members of the royal family, like a silver tea set that was used in the inauguration of Suez Canal in 1869.

King Farouk
An undated and unfinished oil painting for King Farouk of Egypt and Sudan along with one of the tea silverware set used in the inauguration of Suez canal in 1869 in "Features of an era" exhibition at Aisha Fahmy's "Centre of art" Palace in Cairo. (Photo: Zeinab El-Gundy)

Mohamed Ali Royal          Family
Some pieces of furniture like chairs, tables and chests previously owned by members of Mohamed Ali Royal Family as well feminist icons like feminist leading figure Huda Sharawwy are part of the "Features of an era" exhibit at Aisha Fahmy's Palace "Centre of arts" in Cairo. (Photo:Zeinab El-Gundy)


The exhibition opened on 27 January and will continue until 27 April.

Opening hours are 9am to 9pm.

Entrance is free.

1 Aziz Abaza St, Zamalek, Cairo.


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Game Review: Egypt and Nubia in Civilization VI - Nile Scribes


Game Review: Egypt and Nubia in Civilization VI

Egypt is a popular choice as a location for gaming franchises like Assassin's Creed, Tomb Raider, and Sid Meier's Civilization. Players could choose to play as the ancient Egyptians since the first Civilization game was released in 1991. Now, the latest addition to the Civilization series includes ancient Nubia as a playable culture for the first time. Join us in looking at both cultures' use in the game Civilization VI this week.

Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game released in 2016, the latest in a series of such games that pit ancient and modern empires against each other on a shared map to compete for victory through Science, Culture, Domination, Religion, or Diplomacy. Civilization VI comes pre-loaded with twenty-three possible empires and their leaders allowing you to envision some unique historical combinations. For example, players can ally themselves with Alexander the Great of Macedon as Catherine de' Medici of France, or battle Teddy Roosevelt of America as Gilgamesh of Sumeria. Civilisations have unique features tailored to give them advantageous building, military, trade, or diplomatic bonuses. In addition, each civilisation has the ability to build unique units and tile improvements that relate to the culture's history and achievements.

The Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack added Jebel Barkal as a new World Wonder (Photo: Nile Scribes)

Downloadable content (DLC) released in 2017 added The Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack with Jebel Barkal as a world wonder, plus a scenario called 'Gifts of the Nile' in which the Egyptian and Nubian civilisations compete to build seven Temples of Amun in a timed game. Historically, this scenario is a plausible one: the Ptolemaic (305 – 30 BC) and Meroitic (300 BC – 350 AD) kings were roughly contemporaneous, and both worshiped Amun-Re as their state deity, which makes the in-game scenario that much more fun.

Player Beware: Civilization VI is a long, dense, and complicated game! If you are new to Civilization games, we don't recommend jumping into the Nubia Scenario without becoming well acquainted with the game's complex mechanics.

Cleopatra has been a playable ruler in Civilization since its 1991 release (Photo: Nile Scribes)

Egypt: Features and Abilities

The Egyptian Empire is led by Cleopatra VII Philopator, the fated final leader of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, whose defeat at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC ushered in the Roman Period of Egyptian history. As a charming nod to accuracy, the game developers wrote and recorded all of Cleopatra's dialogue in true Middle Egyptian (although she probably would have spoken a later phase of the Egyptian language along with her native Greek).

Cleopatra's capital was located in Alexandria on Egypt's Mediterranean coast and refers to the Ptolemaic Dynasty's founder Alexander the Great (also playable in Civilization VI). Her in-game civilisation bonus, 'Mediterranean's Bride,' alludes to Alexandria's role as a coastal trade-hub for the Mediterranean during the Ptolemaic Period. Her other in-game bonus, 'Iteru,' means "river" in ancient Egyptian and gives a bonus for wonders built next to a river.

Players grow their cities on map tiles with unique resources and yield amounts (Photo: Nile Scribes)

Egypt can build a unique military unit, the Maryannu Chariot Archer, as well as a unique tile improvement, the Sphinx. The Great Sphinx was already an ancient monument on the Memphite Necropolis by the time Cleopatra became queen in 51 BC, conflating over two thousand years of Egyptian history. A better choice would have been the Great Library of Alexandria which was probably begun during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, only generations earlier. The Maryannu (originally a non-Egyptian term) were a Near Eastern elite class of archer-charioteers who appear in Egyptian sources not only fighting for the Egyptian army but also as contingents fighting for their enemies, as at the famous Battle of Qadesh during the reign of Ramesses II.

Kandake Amanitore was a Meroitic ruler who has been newly introduced to the Civilization franchise (Photo: Nile Scribes)

Nubia: Features and Abilities

The Nubian Empire is led by Amanitore, a Kandake who ruled modern-day Sudan around the start of the first millennium AD. Amanitore's capital was located at Meroë, a city newly founded by the Kushites at the beginning of the third century BC. Her civilisation's bonus, 'Kandake of Meroë,' gives a production boost to cities with pyramids adjacent to them – a clear reference to Meroë's nearby pyramid fields at Begarawiya. Her other in-game bonus, 'Ta-Seti,' was one of ancient Egypt's oldest names for the regions of modern-day Sudan and literally means "Land of the Bow."

Nubia can build a unique military unit, the Pítati Archer (from the Egyptian word pdty meaning "archer"), as well as a unique tile improvement, the Nubian Pyramid. Contingents of Nubian archers had been an important element of the Egyptian army for thousands of years by the time Amanitore ruled at Meroë. Their prestige and skill continued even after the Meroitic Period according to their wood or stone thumb rings. The Nubian Pyramid, unlike Cleopatra's Sphinx, is the perfect choice for Amanitore's monument: her small sandstone pyramid and reconstructed chapel (Beg. N1) can still be visited today in the North Cemetery at Begarawiya near Meroë.

Players can design their own Pantheon and play towards a Religious Victory in-game (Photo: Nile Scribes)

Final Thoughts

'Nubia' is a popular umbrella term for the ancient African cultures that originated in modern-day Sudan but, historically, the toponym is a more recent one. Amanitore probably called her homeland 'Kush' instead, a name that can be found in Egyptian New Kingdom sources and remained in use into the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty (c. 722 – 655 BC) and throughout the Napatan Period (c. 655 – 275 BC). It would have been more accurate to make her the ruler of the Kushite Empire (or even the Meroitic Empire), but the naming faux pas doesn't affect gameplay.

Nevertheless, Cleopatra and Amanitore are among only a handful of female rulers to choose from in Civilization VI, proudly representing two ancient cultures in which women could achieve extraordinary power and prestige. Many Egyptophiles will no doubt be disappointed, yet unsurprised, that Cleopatra was chosen from among Egypt's great rulers to represent the civilisation, overlooking others such as Hatshepsut or Ramesses II. Regardless, players can still build the famous Egyptian monuments from periods before the Ptolemaic Dynasty such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx, and some of the best moments of the game are the animations of constructing the world wonders (called Wonder Movies).

Any civilisation can build the Pyramids Wonder in-game, but each World Wonder can only be built once per map (Photo: Nile Scribes)

If you already play Civilization VI, we highly recommend buying the Nubia Civilization expansion as well – the 'Gift of the Nile' scenario is worth playing on its own, and Amanitore's inclusion in the Civilization franchise among rulers of other ancient and modern superpowers is exciting. We expect that Civilization VI will introduce gamers to an important chapter of African history that its audiences may have been unaware of.

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News from the Conservation Lab — Conservation at El-Kurru, Sudan – The Kelsey Blog
News from the Conservation Lab — Conservation at El-Kurru, Sudan – The Kelsey Blog

On 03/19/2019 09:03 AM, leschram wrote:
News from the Conservation Lab — Conservation at El-Kurru, Sudan

By Suzanne Davis, Curator of Conservation

Last week I returned from a few weeks of work at the site of El-Kurru, Sudan, where a project directed by Kelsey Museum research scientist Geoff Emberling explores both an ancient royal cemetery of the Napatan kings and how an archaeological research project can connect with and celebrate contemporary cultural heritage in the community surrounding it. My time at El-Kurru this year was short but productive, and below are a few of the big highlights for me.

First, I got to work with conservation architect Kelly Wong on multiple projects, including conservation planning for the El-Kurru pyramid known as Ku. 1. This included a lot of fun investigation and problem solving, as well as mixing and testing of construction mortars. Our favorite mortar formulation was then applied to a joint in the pyramid to see how it will hold up over the next year. If you're reading this as a conservator (or a mason) and thinking, But wait, isn't that pyramid dry masonry? Yes, it is. But we have an interesting situation where the walls are moving in response to pressure from the rubble core, thus we're testing different methods for stabilizing the outer masonry shell.

two women mixing mortar
Conservation architect Kelly Wong (left) and I mixing test batches of mortar. Photo by Caitlin Clerkin.
Woman brushing stone blocks of pyramid
Kelly at the Ku. 1 pyramid, preparing a joint for a mortar test. Photo by Suzanne Davis.


Second, IPCAA student Caitlin Clerkin and I recorded a series of short videos for an upcoming Kelsey exhibition — Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile: El-Kurru, Sudan. For these, we asked people to tell us either about their favorite ancient graffito at the site, or to share something they wanted people to know about the site. Each person had something different to say, things we probably would never have heard if we hadn't been doing these videos! Among the people we talked to were Anwar Mahajoub and Bakri Abdelmoneim, both of whom work on the El-Kurru project but are also from El-Kurru village. They talked about growing up playing soccer within sight of the ancient cemetery and how they feel about their work now, as part of the international team working to study and preserve it.

Three people at base of ruined pyramid
Filming Anwar Mahajoub and Bakri Abdelmoneim in front of the Ku. 1 pyramid. Photo by Caitlin Clerkin.
Two men
Anwar and Bakri, in a still from the video. Photo by Suzanne Davis.


A third thing I really enjoyed was an afternoon spent baking bread with Marwa Mahajoub, Anwar's sister. And yes, I do consider this conservation work! If bread isn't an important form of cultural heritage to celebrate and preserve, I don't know what is. Marwa has worked with the project for several years, and when Anwar discovered that a group of us were interested in baking, he volunteered her to teach us how she makes the bread for their family. Happily for us, she was cool with this. Bread is a big deal in Sudan — it's not only your main carbohydrate at each meal, it's also your utensil. Many people don't have ovens at home and instead buy bread at one of several town bakeries, all of which use wood-fired ovens. Fresh bread out of one of these bakeries is fantastic but, as we discovered, the bread is even more delicious when it's baked at home.

Two women baking bread
Marwa Mahajoub supervises as I shape bread for baking. Photo by Caitlin Clerkin.
Woman baking bread
Marwa pulls freshly baked bread out of her home oven. Photo by Suzanne Davis.

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Egypt retrieves 2 smuggled artifacts from Switzerland - Egypt Today
        FILE - One of the retrieved artifacts FILE - One of the retrieved artifacts

Egypt retrieves 2 smuggled artifacts from Switzerland

Sun, Mar. 24, 2019

CAIRO - 24 March 2019: Egypt's Ambassador to Bern Hisham Saif Eddin stated in an official statement that the embassy succeeded on Nov. 22 to recover two smuggled artifacts from Geneva, Switzerland.

Saif Eddin praised the cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Antiquities, represented by Shaaban Abdel Gawad, supervisor of the General Department of Antiquities.

Abdel Gawad explained that the two artifacts are a wooden statue of ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet and a pink granite statue of Horus.
Furthermore, the ambassador lauded the efforts exerted by the Egyptian Embassy in coordination with the cultural sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Department of Recovered Antiquities at the Ministry of Antiquities .
He also praised the cooperation o f the customs authorities in Canton, Geneva, which managed to confiscate the two smuggled pieces, pointing out that the handover of these two pieces came as a culmination of the efforts that started in March 2017.

The ambassador of Egypt in Bern expressed appreciation for the efforts of the concerned Swiss authorities that contributed to the restoration of the two archaeological pieces,asserting the continuation of efforts exerted in coordination with the Swiss authorities to further recover important antiquities.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Bolton’s Egypt gallery nominated for UK National Award - Egypt Independent

Bolton's Egypt gallery nominated for UK National Award

The Bolton Council, local authority of the Metropolitan borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England, announced that the Bolton museum in the UK has been shortlisted in this year's Permanent Exhibition category at the 17th
annual Museum + Heritage Awards, along with its partner Leach Studio.
The award celebrates sensational initiatives by museums and galleries in the UK and overseas.
The 17th Museum + Heritage Awards considers any museum—large or small—that houses valuable heritage.
Counselor John Byrne, Executive Cabinet member for Culture, expressed his happiness with the nomination, commending the museum's groundbreaking record since its latest launch, the Bolton Council reported.
The Ancient Egypt galleries at the Bolton Museum were inaugurated in September 2018 by Irish Maragret Mountford and leading Egyptology Professor Joann Fletcher.
It has welcomed 135,000 visitors since September 2018, according to the Bolton Council.
The ancient Egypt gallery was an exceptional collaboration coordinated by Leach Studio, its client Bolton Council and its main contractor Willmott Dixon.
The nominated gallery's display of 2,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts tells the comprehensive story of the pieces including who used them, where they were initially discovered, and their history before arriving at the Bolton Museum. The artifacts are showcased interactively through audiovisuals, graphic designs and more.
The newly launched gallery exhibits the iconic burial chamber of Thutmose III in full-size reproduction.
The Bolton's Egyptology collection also includes the oldest mummification sample in the world.
Leach Studio noted that it designed the gallery aiming to portray the studio's significant commitment to the world of the pharaohs and the pyramids as it is known for housing important ancient Egyptian artifacts.
The winners will be revealed on Wednesday, 15 May.
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One million expected at blockbuster Paris Tutankhamun show | Daily Mail Online

One million expected at blockbuster Paris Tutankhamun show

More than 150 artefacts will feature in the                'Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh' exhibition                in Paris

More than 150 artefacts will feature in the 'Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh' exhibition in Paris

At least one million people are expected to flock to a "once in a generation" exhibition about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun which opens in Paris this weekend.

More than 150 treasures from the boy king's tomb -- including 60 which have never left Egypt before -- have been assembled for the blockbuster show.

The Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities said this is the largest number of Tutankhamun artefacts ever to have left Cairo, and may never happen again.

Ticket sales for "Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" topped 130,000 last week as curators began the delicate task of installing the spectacular 3,400-year-old exhibits.

Almost all come from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and are never likely to leave the country again.

A sarcophagus of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun is one of                the items on display at the 'Tutankhamun, Treasures of the                Golden Pharaoh' exhibition

A sarcophagus of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun is one of the items on display at the 'Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh' exhibition

Its unparalleled collection is being transferred to the enormous new Grand Egyptian Museum near the pyramids at Giza, which is due to open next year.

The Louvre in Paris has also loaned one of its top Tutankhamun pieces to the show, a statue of Amon, the king of the gods, protecting the pharaoh.

Mostafa Waziry, the Egyptian ministry's secretary general, said the touring show -- which will open in London in November before moving on to Sydney -- will help pay for the new Giza museum.

- Last trip outside Egypt -

But the global tour -- which will take in six other as yet undisclosed cities -- also marks "the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of the boy king" by the British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.

"Please see them," Waziry declared. "Visit them before they return to Egypt for ever."

The Paris show at the giant la Villette arts complex opens by summoning up the Valley of the Kings near Luxor where the necropolis was found, using huge video screens and tonnes of sand.

The contents of the show have been insured for more                than $800 million (700 million euros)

The contents of the show have been insured for more than $800 million (700 million euros)

Giant doors then open into the vast dimly-lit interior where the treasures are displayed, the most dazzling being one of the life-sized gilded black guardian statues that stood on either side of the king's burial chamber.

As well as the grand funerary objects, there are also the gloves, sandals, canes and hunting bows that the pharaoh was to use in the afterlife.

Video displays show the excavations and explain the massive influence "King Tut" has had on art, fashion and popular culture, right to down to pop star Beyonce's Egypt-influenced concerts.

Organisers said they were expecting around 1.2 million people to pass through the doors in the next six months.

- 'Tut-mania' -

Previous exhibitions about the boy pharaoh have been record-breaking blockbusters, setting off "Tut-mania" around the globe.

More than eight million people attended a 1973 show, "The Treasures of Tutankhamun", at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The exhibition 'Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden                Pharaoh' will run until September 15 in Paris

The exhibition 'Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh' will run until September 15 in Paris

Another 1.2 million people queued to see a smaller exhibition six years earlier at the Petit Palais in Paris in what was called "the show of the century".

But unlike those shows, the new exhibition will be without Tutankhamun's golden death mask.

An Egyptian now bans the mask, made from just over 10 kilos (22 pounds) of gold, from leaving the country.

Tarek El Awady, the director of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, who is also curating the Paris show, said the ancients loved gold "because it doesn't change", nor would it lose its lustre in the eternal afterlife.

"If they had thought they would be buried for ever the objects wouldn't have been so beautiful," he told AFP.

A sculpture of ancient Egyptian deity Amun is among                the over 150 items on display

A sculpture of ancient Egyptian deity Amun is among the over 150 items on display

Tutankhamun's tomb is still "the only (Egyptian) tomb found intact," he added.

"It wasn't just a window for us, but an open door into this culture. For the first time we could touch something" for the country's glorious past.

Although organisers insisted that the contents of the show are priceless, they have been insured for more than $800 million (700 million euros).

The Paris show runs until September 15. A slightly different version of the exhibition was staged in Los Angeles last year.

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Egyptian Designer Collaborates With Ministry of Antiquities to Completely Change Tourism Experience

Lord, save us from fashion designers. Glenn (And no, I'm generally not the praying kind.)

Egyptian Designer Collaborates With Ministry of Antiquities to Completely Change Tourism Experience

Via Shosha Kamal

Egyptian Interior and Product Designer, Shosha Kamal, is giving Egypt's heritage a contemporary edge once again. Winner of International Product Design Award in 2016 for the viral and one-of-a-kind Wing Sofa has just announced a collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities and the UNESCO for the ultimate tourist experience.


Via Shosha Kamal

The artist is set to redesign the tourist experience in all UNESCO world heritage sites in Egypt, starting with the ancient Egyptian sites. "The tourist experience redesign includes designing sunshades, seating areas, signage and wayfinding, and street lamps," the designer said on social media.

The first project is the Sun Talks sun shades. The shades are designed to tell a story in Hieroglyphs on the floor of museums when the sun hits the table. The design philosophy is to let the sun with all its glory speak for the site.

Via Shosha Kamal

How gorgeous is that? We can't wait to see what the designer has up her sleeves. Kamal is known for merging Egypt's Pharaonic heritage with contemporary designs. In January 2016, she created the wood-painted gold wing sofa. In 2018, the designer presented it at the great Luxor Temple as a part of Ramadan's Cairo Bank's advertisement to shed light on young Egyptians who stand out.

Via Shosha Kamal
Via Shosha Kamal
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Science to Re-Create Cleopatra's Looks on 'Egypt's Unexplained Files'

Science Channel to Re-Create What Cleopatra Might Have Looked Like on New Series 'Egypt's Unexplained Files' (Exclusive)

Tech-centric show examines the curse of King Tut, the lost city of Tanis, and more ancient mysteries
Last Updated: March 21, 2019 @ 2:55 PM

Discovery's Science Channel will re-create what Queen Cleopatra may have looked like through the use of modern technology and explore other legends of Ancient Egypt in "Egypt's Unexplained Files," its new 10-part series.

The two-hour season premiere will see experts focus on recreating Queen Cleopatra while also investigating whether or not Pharaoh Akhenaten's 17-year reign actually produced the Utopia for which he is credited.

Additional topics to be addressed in the show's first season include Ancient Egyptians' fascination with death and the embalming of mummies; the lost tomb of Imhotep; the Curse of King Tutankhamun; the lost city of Tanis; the Great Sphinx; the science behind the ancient culture's advanced medical and engineering practices; and the truth behind Egypt's first female pharaoh.

"From King Tut to the Pyramids at Giza, this series shines a spotlight on some of the new insights that the latest tools of archaeology have, in the last several years, helped transform our basic understanding of Ancient Egypt," executive producer Neil Laird told TheWrap.

"Egypt's Unexplained Files" is produced by 360 Production and TCB Media Rights with Edward Hart as series producer and Johanna Woolford Gibbon, Paul Heaney, and Hannah Demidowicz as executive producers.

The season premiere of "Egypt's Unexplained Files" airs Sunday, April 14 at 8/7c on Science Chann
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Northern California ARCE Upcoming Egyptology Lectures 2019

American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE)
Northern California Chapter
Upcoming Lectures 2019

ARCE's Northern California Chapter is pleased to present the following lectures by renowned
Egyptologists. All lectures take place on the University of California Berkeley campus.

The Life and Deeds of Luigi Vassalli: Painter, Patriot and Egyptologist
April 7, 2019 - 3:00 PM - Room 20 Barrows Hall
Dr. Francesco Tiradritti

Revelation of the Mystery of Osiris, Lord of Abydos:
The Sacred Rituals of Reviving a Murdered God

May 5, 2019
- 3:00 PM - Room 20 Barrows Hall
Bryan Kraemer, Fullerton Museum, California State University San Bernardino

June-July No Meeting

One Tomb, Two Kings: Unlocking the Sequence of Construction & Decoration in Theban Tomb 110
August 11, 2019 - 3:00 PM - Room 20 Barrows Hall
Dr. J. J. Shirley, University of Pennsylvania

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