Two Temple Place Winter Exhibition to explore Beauty and the Body in Ancient Egypt
Treasures of everyday Ancient Egypt from regional collections will come together for the Winter Exhibition at Two Temple Place
Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt opens at Two Temple Place, the neo-Gothic mansion on Embankment on January 30 2016 and will offer visitors “the chance to experience the ancient Egyptians at their most spectacular and at their most intimate”.
Uncovering a civilisation fascinated by appearance and identity both in life and death, a collection of stunning artefacts will include personal objects such as jewellery, mirrors, hairpins, scent bottles and makeup spanning four millennia from 3,500 B.C. to 400 A.D. Collectively, say curators, the objects will provide an insight into "some surprisingly familiar daily routines" and "the ever changing styles of the time".
With many of the valuable artefacts for the current display coming from the same archaeological excavations, the venue is offering a chance to see them together collectively for the first time since their discovery by pioneering Victorian Egyptologists.
Drawn from Bagshaw Museum (Kirklees Council), Bexhill Museum, Bolton Museum, Royal Pavilion & Museums (Brighton & Hove), Macclesfield Museums and Touchstones Rochdale, the objects will be accompanied by the fascinating stories of how they reached their current UK homes, supported by original archival material.
According to the curator, Egyptologist Dr Margaret Serpico, the desire to “unveil the fabulous objects" held in the museums was borne out of a long term project to “raise awareness of some of the 200 ancient Egyptian collections in the UK”.
“I have always been amazed by the many wonderful artefacts in these collections, objects that I wished could be seen by wider audiences,” she says. “This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate these collections and appreciate how important it is that we care for and preserve them into the future.”
Built by William Waldorf Astor, who had emigrated to England in 1891 as arguably, the richest man in the world, no expense was spared when work began on Two Temple Place in 1892. In addition to the extraordinary lavish interior, when it was finished in 1895 the building contained the largest strong room in Europe as well as two other enormous fortified safes.
A fitting place to host some of our regional museums’ finest Ancient Egyptian treasures.
- Beyond Beautiful: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt is at Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD, www.twotempleplace.org Exhibition Dates: Saturday January 30 - Sunday April 24 2016