Royal Egyptian mummies, sarcophagi to be transferred to NMEC soon

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 18 Jun 2019

Work is underway at the NMEC to ensure that the halls of the museum are ready to receive mummies and the sarcophagi

El-Enany and restorers during the unpacking of Amenemhat III statue

Within a few months, Egyptian royal mummies and their sarcophagi will be transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in Fustat.

NMEC outdoor overlooking Ain Al-Sira lake

Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and officials from a number of government bodies toured both museums to discuss the required procedures to ensure the transportation process is conducted in a way that is fitting of the unique and great Egyptian civilisation.

Accompanying the minister on the tour were representatives from the ministries of defence, interior and tourism, as well as officials from Cairo governorate, security authorities and the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

El-Enany promised that the artefacts will be transported in “a majestic cavalcade.”

Tuthmosis III statue

Sabah Abdel-Razak, director-general of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, told Ahram Online that 22 royal mummies and 17 royal sarcophagi from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties will be transported to the NMEC, including 18 mummies of kings and four of queens.

The mummies include those of kings Ramses II, Seti I, Seqnenre, Tuthmoses III, and queens Hatshepsut, Meritamun, the wife of King Amenhotep I, and Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of king Ahmose.

Work is underway at the NMEC to ensure that the halls of the museum are ready to receive mummies and the sarcophagi. The display cases at the museum are currently being installed.

The main display hall is set to be inaugurated and will host a collection of objects that relay the history of Egypt since the prehistoric period to the modern time.

During the inspection tour today, a black granite statue of King Amenemhat III in the shape of a sphinx was unveiled to be the first artefact to be displayed in the main hall.

Two other objects showing a small statue of a sphinx discovered in Kom Ombo temple and a statue of King Tuthmosis III unearthed in Luxor were also unpacked to be put on display at NMEC's temporary exhibition hall, which was inaugurated in 2017 by former UNESCO director-general Irina Bokiva.

The hall displays objects relating to the history and development of Egyptian crafts over the ages.

The sphinx statue

halls of the NMEC

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