Sunday, August 30, 2015
Our Exhibition Abroad, France: Giant Egyptian statues go on display in Paris
PARIS: Three giant Egyptian statues submerged in the Mediterranean for more than a millennium have gone on display at Paris’ Arab World Institute.
The museum erected the granite monuments Friday as a preview of its exhibition “Osiris: Mysteries of Submerged Egypt,” opening Sept. 8. The show features nearly 300 artifacts, most of them discovered in the underwater excavations of French marine archaeologist Frank Goddio.
Goddio oversaw the raising of statues of the Egyptian gods Osiris and Isis, and a hulking slab, known as a stele, that sat at the front of a temple. The statues are both nearly 20 feet (6 meters) tall and weigh 4-5 tons each. The stele is also 20 feet tall and weighs nearly 16 tons. The Maritime Museum of Alexandria normally houses the three artifacts.
Source: Cairo Post– By/AP