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Two antiquities exhibitions to be inaugurated Friday to celebrate 117th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

The exhibitions will present a unique collection of objects, including some pieces displayed for the first time

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 14 Nov 2019
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To mark the 117th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, two exhibitions, of mummy cachettes and on education in ancient Egypt, will be inaugurated Friday.

The cachettes exhibition will include those of two royal mummies found at Deir Al-Bihari in 1881 and King Amenhotep II's tomb found in 1898 on Luxor’s West Bank. Among the mummies unearthed were those of kings Ramses I, II and III and kings Seti I and Seti II.

The exhibition will also include the cachettes of priests and priestesses of Amun at Bab El-Gusus discovered below the first court of the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari in Luxor's West Bank. Contained were 15 mummies from the end of the 21st Dynasty.

The recently discovered Asasif cachette will also be on show, containing 30 anthropoid and intact wooden, painted and sealed coffins of priests and priestesses of the 22nd Dynasty, among them three children.

The education exhibition will highlight the system of learning in place in ancient Egypt and its contribution to the development of ancient Egyptian civilisation and beyond.

The exhibition is in line with the Egyptian government’s dedication of 2019 as the "Year of Education," underlining the role of education as one of the pillars of sustainable development towards a better future.

The exhibition will present a unique collection of objects, including some pieces displayed for the first time. 

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