Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is to establish the first touring exhibition of antiquities replicas produced by the ministry following the success of the first local replicas exhibition inaugurated by Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany early July at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square.
Amr El-Tibi, executive director of the Archaeological Replicas Unit at the ministry told Ahram Online that the exhibition comes within the framework of joint cooperation between the antiquities ministry and Al-Ahram Establishment, which would pay the packaging and transportation costs of the exhibition as well as insurance amounting to EGP37.7 million.
El-Tibi explained that the exhibition would be inaugurated in the fourth quarter of this year in Japan and will continue for 18 days, including nine days in Tokyo and nine days in Osaka.
Thee exhibition will feature 150 replicas of the King Tutankhamun collection in addition to a number of archaeological and scientific publications and books published by the antiquities ministry — similar to the current replicas exhibition in the Egyptian Museum.
Elham Salah, head of the Museums Sector at the ministry stated that the exhibition confirms the keenness of the ministry regarding new approach to increasing the ministry's income.
Salah added that the success of the replicas exhibition at the Egyptian Museum was central to the ministry's decision to tour the exhibition, starting with the planned exhibition in Japan.
Salah stated that the exhibition highlights the skills of the ministry’s staff along with efforts to revive an interest in heritage, not only in Egypt but abroad as well.