26 September 2023

Life of Ancient Egypt coming to museum

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A new exhibition is opening at the Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip in June to explore the ancient world of Egypt.

Named Discovering Ancient Egypt, the exhibition features more than 240 ancient objects on loan from Rijksmuseum van Oudheden’s Egyptian and Nubian collections in the Netherlands.

Announcing the exhibition, the Minister for Culture and the Arts, David Templeman said visitors could take a journey into life along the River Nile through six sections, including early European contact with Egypt, Egyptian culture and how Egyptians lived and celebrated the afterlife.

“Alongside digital experiences and hands-on activities, rare artefacts brought to WA include intricately decorated coffins and mummies, extracts from the Book of the Dead, jewellery, amulets, shabti, and other funerary objects and tools,” Mr Templeman said.

“The exhibition will also reveal new insights into ancient Egyptian culture made possible through excavation, 3D-scanning and other recent research undertaken by Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and its partners.

These included recent CT scans of three mummified remains, with the results of the analysis being made public in Australia for the first time.

“Visitors will also discover fascinating stories and behind-the-scenes insights into Rijksmuseum van Oudheden’s current research expeditions and its unique and ongoing working relationship with partners, Egyptian authorities and communities in the excavation of archaeological sites,” the Culture and Arts Minister said.

Discovering Ancient Egypt is to run from 10 June until 8 October.

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