In Photos: 'The Secrets of Gold' exhibition inaugurated at Luxor Museum

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 10 Oct 2021

Under the title “The Secrets of Gold”, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri inaugurated a temporary exhibition at luxor Museum highlighting the use of gold in the fabrication of jewellery since ancient Egypt right through the Islamic era.

Luxor Museum

The exhibition displays a collection of 747 artefacts of different styles and designs of jewelleries such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings and collars as well as coins and gold sheets decorated with royal cartouches.

Most of the exhibited objects were unearthed in Luxor temple and the white monastery in Sohag, while other objects were uncovered in different archaeological sites.

The objects vary between a set of gold bracelets found in Luxor temple between 1966 -1968, and a braided gold bracelet ornamented with a snake head and four circles which were unearthed by a French mission in Luxor. They also include a pair of gold earrings, one with three beads made of faience, and the second one has five gold beads. A gold ring for a child whose top was in the form of a scarab is also among the artefacts on display. These were uncovered by an American-Dutch mission in Baranis area in the Red Sea. 

Gold shell found in Gurna, a group of rectangular chips bearing cartouches of King Ramses XI, and a votive column with 29 gold coins that were found in Draa Abul Naga area and a clay vessel from the Greco-Roman period, uncovered by a Spanish archaeological mission, are also exhibited.

The exhibition also includes 690 coins dating back to the Roman and Byzantine eras, found in the White Monastery in Sohag, and four gold dinars from the Omayyad era written on the front side of each: “There is only one God,” found in Mar Mena monastery in Nakada.

It also displays the treasure of the White Monastery in Sohag. It was called the White Monastery in relation to the color of the stones used in its construction. It dates back to the fourth century AD. It currently includes a church consisting of a central nave surrounded by three wings, preceded by a structure consisting of three large semi-circular niches whose walls are decorated with religious painted scenes.

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