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Egyptian Art Uncovered as ‘PHARAOH: King of Egypt’ opens this weekend

Egyptian Art Uncovered as ‘PHARAOH: King of Egypt’ opens this weekend

12th July 2012

This summer, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting the UK’s largest ever exhibition of ancient Egyptian artefacts on loan from the British Museum. PHARAOH: King of Egypt features amazing objects from the British Museum’s world-class collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts, and allows visitors of all ages to explore the myths and realities of being a king in ancient Egypt.

This summer, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting the UK’s largest ever exhibition of ancient Egyptian artefacts on loan from the British Museum. PHARAOH: King of Egypt features amazing objects from the British Museum’s world-class collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts, and allows visitors of all ages to explore the myths and realities of being a king in ancient Egypt.

Andy Horn, Exhibitions Manager at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery comments: “We are very proud to be hosting this amazing exhibition in Birmingham this summer. The exhibition showcases some of the UK’s most fascinating ancient Egyptian artefacts, and it complements Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s own impressive Egyptian collection. And alongside the exhibition throughout the summer break, we will have lots of Egyptian-themed family activities on offer.”

John Orna-Ornstein, Head of London and National Programmes at the British Museum, said: “I am delighted that PHARAOH: King of Egypt is coming to Birmingham. It’s the largest group of Egyptian objects ever lent in the UK – a real once in a lifetime opportunity to see some extraordinary objects at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.’

PHARAOH: King of Egypt includes stunning examples of sculpture, jewellery, papyri (a type of paper used in ancient Egypt) and objects related to Egyptian burials. Alongside monumental statues, beautifully carved stone from ancient temples and glittering gold, the exhibition also features objects that are more unusual. The colourful inlays used to decorate a pharaoh’s palace; letters to Egypt’s allies inscribed on clay tablets; the wooden bow of one of the king’s troop commanders; and an ancient water-clock decorated for a Greek king on the throne of Egypt will all be on show.

Many of the objects surviving from ancient Egypt project the image pharaoh wanted us to see – but this exhibition also explores the realities and challenges of ruling an ancient empire.

PHARAOH: King of Egypt is a charged exhibition and open daily from 14 July - 14 October 2012.

For prices and further information visit http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1967
 

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