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Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art

Royal BC Museum
Victoria BC Jul 10-Oct 31, 2004

Egyptian mummy
Mummy Mask of Satdjehuty, New Kingdom, Early Eighteenth Dynasty (c 1500 B.C.), cartonnage, painted and gilded, [Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC, Jul 10-Oct 31]

Ancient Egypt has fascinated Western society since Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798 and the Rosetta Stone was found. Travellers and explorers began discovering the tombs and monuments in the early 1800s. In 1922, the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun initiated almost another century of archeological breakthroughs. Contemporary media attention and new websites like <www.thebanmappingproject.com> ensure Egyptology is an ever-popular topic.

Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from The British Museum brings 3,000 years of ancient history to the Royal BC Museum. The one hundred and forty-four precious objects on display include stone sculpture, examples of painted tombs, papyri, jewellery, cosmetics and funerary objects, as well as portraits and personal items from such famous pharaohs as the “heretic” Akhenaten, the prodigious builder Amenhotep III, the young Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great.

With their intense fascination with the concept of afterlife, the Egyptian pharaohs created extensive cultural preparations for death. Visitors will see a specially-designed Mummy chamber that showcases real mummies and explains the mummification procedures and types of adornments that early Egyptians believed would prepare them for the afterlife. They can experience first-hand the ancient Egyptian fascination with personal adornment, fashion and food. Exclusive to the Royal BC Museum is the recreation of an ancient Egyptian marketplace. Find more information about the show at


Mia Johnson

 Fri, Jun 5, 2009