The “Golden Pharaohs and Pyramids: The Treasures from the Egyptian Museum” exhibition will be launched tonight by minister of antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.
This is the first ancient Egyptian exhibition to tour several cities in Japan after a three-year hiatus. The last touring exhibition sent to Japan was in 2012, entitled “Tutankhamun: The Golden Age of the Pharaohs.”
A servant from the Old Kingdom
Before travelling to Japan, Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the exhibition will tour eight cities in Japan including Tokyo, Matsuyama, Sendai, Kagoshima, Kyoto, Toyama, Fukuoka, and Shizuoka.
The tour will last 25 months and is hoped to encourage tourism to Egypt.
Eldamaty expects that the revenue of the exhibition would reach $2,000,000, an amount that would increase the ministry’s income enough to help it complete several archaeological projects, such as the construction of museums and the development of archaeological sites.
Head of the museums sector Elham Salah told Ahram Online that the exhibition will display 120 artefacts carefully selected from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, including artefacts from the Pyramid Builder’s era. Among the objects on display, she continued, are King Khafre statues and a group of statues of servants, workers, makers of beer and bread, as well as a statue of a scribe.
Also on display is a kind of ancient game set, "a cent", a form of the compound sun, and the statue of the king, Ne-user-Re.
“The insurance value of the exhibition is $138,570,000,” Salah said.
King Khafre statue
Professor Sakuji Yoshimura, Higashi Nippon International University's president, who is the supervisor of the exhibition, said that the exhibit only highlights objects of the old kingdom era when the pyramids were built.
The most important objects of the exhibition include a statue, a golden mask, and a signature of King Khufu.
A wooden boat
One of the highlights, the golden mask of King Amenemope, is being shown in Japan for the first time in 21 years. A film of Tutankhamun’s mask — the first time the piece has been filmed outside of its display case — will also be shown in high definition at a 4K theater.
The exhibition also coincides with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the exhibition’s sponsor Tokyo Broadcasting System Television.
A statue of a worker