Saturday, March 31, 2007

Exhibition: Temples and Tombs now in North Carolina

"Workers at the N.C. Museum of Art this morning began unpacking objects on loan from the British Museum for its first major exhibition of Egyptian art, which will open April 15.
A crew spent about an hour removing a 6,000-pound granite lion from its crate and, using heavy-duty rigging, painstakingly installed it in the lower-level gallery. The sculpture was one of two commissioned by Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who ruled from 1390 to 1352 B.C., to decorate his temple in Sudan. . . . The exhibition will be organized into four themes: the lives of artists and nobles, the king and the temple, statues and burial objects. Some of the objects are as old as 3,000 years, and include sculpture, jewelry, cosmetic tools and funeral items. The objects are part of the permanent collection at the British Museum, and constitute one of the most significant repositories of historical Egyptian items outside of Cairo."

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