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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Our Exhibitions Abroad (1): The Art Institute of Chicago displays ancient Egyptian artifacts
Art Institute of Chicago is hosting an exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts
that began from October 31, 2013 until July 27, 2014.
exhibition displays antiquities from the Ptolemaic period, which started in 332
B.C. and lasted until 30 B.C. It began with Alexander the Great’s invasion of
Egypt on his mission to conquer the Persian Empire.
era of roughly 300 years, which ended with the suicide of Queen Cleopatra, was
defined by cultural hybridization and the worship of Amun and Zeus, the major
Gods of Egypt and Greece.
exhibition displays the interaction between the ancient cultures and Greece and
Egypt through 75 artifacts. It includes “gilded mummy masks, luxury
glass, magical amulets, and portraits in stone and precious metals,” according
to the website of the Art Institute of Chicago.