Friday, December 28, 2007

Exhibition: "Excavating Egypt" at Columbia

Archaeogate - Egittologia

Pierfranco Dotti is out and about on the web again - my thanks to him for this link.

Exhibition "Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology" is opening at the Columbia Museum of Art, for a run that lasts from January 27, 2008 - June 08, 2008

This major exhibition offers a fascinating view into the lives of both royal and average Egyptians with ancient objects and artwork from the earliest periods of Egyptian history to the late Roman period.

Excavating Egypt features more than 200 of Petrie's most significant finds – many never before seen by the public. The objects, hidden away in secret storage facilities throughout London at the beginning of World War II, have not been displayed until now. They are part of a remarkable collection of "firsts" and include: one of the world's oldest garments, a rare beaded-net dress from the Pyramid Age, circa 2400 BC; a fragment of mankind's first history book from 2900 BC; the earliest examples of metalwork in Egypt; the earliest examples of glass – so rare the Egyptians classed it with precious gems; the oldest "blueprint," written on papyrus; the first royal monument, from the reign of the legendary Scorpion King, from 3100 BC.

See the above page for the full story.

Details about tickets and opening times can be found on the Columbia Museum of Art’s website. They have a page about the exhibition.

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