Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Museum offers a modern look at ancient art

"On Wednesday, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield will unveil a permanent gallery called the Hall of Ancient Treasures, featuring art from ancient Egypt, China, Rome, Greece and other areas. . . . Colorful graphics, maps, video and written commentary will bring the ancient world to life for visitors. Ironically, some of the most dramatic of these displays are about funeral practices. In the Egyptian section, for example, the new gallery features a coffin whose hieroglyphics tell the story of a stonecutter from Thebes who died 2,600 years ago. His name was Padihershef, and the coffin records the names of his parents, too, along with spells and prayers to help him along in the afterlife."
See the above two page article for the full review.

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