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National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Post by Brian Yare » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:13 pm

http://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCultur ... vilisation

Free, including photography, until February 2018.



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Re: National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Post by newcastle » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:11 pm

9 STUNNING PHOTOS OF THE NEWLY OPENED NATIONAL MUSEUM OF EGYPTIAN CIVILISATION

A matter of opinion I would suggest. The 'artifacts' shown look suspiciously like the contents of the souvenir shop. Maybe I'm being over cynical. The comments below the Cairoscene article are more interesting than the pictures and display a certain ignorance of Egypt generally.

The Cairoscene article, dated 21/02/17, presumably relates to the following:

Under the name "Crafts and Industries through the Ages" the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is set to open its first temporary exhibition
Wednesday evening, showcasing the history of four crafts in Egypt: clay, jewellery, textiles and wood.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent ... s-tem.aspx

It gave me a sense of déjà vu having previously read this 2015 article :

Under the name "Crafts and Industries through the Ages" the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is to open its first temporary exhibition in October.

Khaled El-Enani, NMEC director, told Ahram Online the exhibition will display some 400 artefacts showcasing the old techniques used in four Egyptian crafts: clay, jewelleries, textiles and wood.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent ... nises.aspx

English Ahram is not noted for its originality.

The NMEC has had an unusually long gestation period...even by Egyptian standards. It was planned in 1982 and still has a way to go before fully completed. Here's an interesting video of the history...and galleries etc planned for the future.

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It seems as if the Royal Mummies are destined for the NMEC. What with the Tutankhamun collection destined for the GEM, the Museum in Tahrir Square will be denuded of its main attractions.

The State Information Service might be expected to sing the praises of this mega project....and it doesn't disappoint :

"Throughout all subsequent stages of the displays, the fact that Egypt was always a pioneer in upholding moral values, philosophical ideas and artistic as well as civil achievements is maintained and confirmed.

This is manifest for instance in the agricultural systems, irrigation,dams building, the state, the army, beliefs, architecture,music,woman,mumification,medicine,everyday life..etc."

http://www.sis.gov.eg/Story/1260?lang=en-us

Yes well....

The American University in Cairo has generously donated 5000 artifacts it legitimately owns (but which were not on display). Zahi Hawass, in one of his gruesome self-congratulatory articles, gives the background :

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/22078.aspx

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Re: National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Post by Stevepj » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:36 am

Brian Yare wrote:http://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCultur ... vilisation

Free, including photography, until February 2018.
Interesting. Initially I thought this was the long awaited opening of the GEM but not so :a7: The second photo looks like Milton Keynes on a winters night.

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