Sunday, September 6, 2015

Our Exhibitions Abroad, Paris: France’s Holland to inaugurate ‘Osiris, Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries’ Exhibit Tomorrow

CAIRO: Hundreds of ancient Egyptian treasures discovered underwater will make their debut in an exhibition scheduled to be inaugurated Monday at the Arab World Institute in Paris.

Dubbed as “Osiris, Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries,” the landmark exhibition which covers nearly 1,100 square meters will open from Sept. 8 to Jan. 31. French President Francois Holland, the Egyptian ministers of antiquities and tourism along with an array of international archaeologists will be present during the inauguration.

“A total of 250 carefully selected artifacts, excavated by the European Institutefor Underwater Archaeology (EIUA) in the ruins of ancient Alexandria’s legendary cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus will be on display,”director of the Antiquities Ministry’s underwater archaeology department Mohamed Mostafa told The Cairo Post Saturday.

The Exhibit also features 40 objects, some of which have never been in public display before, collected from museums across the country including the Egyptian Museum, Alexandria’s Greco-Roman and National museums along with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum, Mostafa said, adding that all the artifacts illustrate the legend of God Osiris; ancient Egypt’s afterlife deity.

According to ancient Egyptian mythology, “Osiris, God of the afterlife, was murdered by his brother Seth, who was the God of disorder and chaos. 

Seth shut Osiris in a sarcophagus and threw it in the Nile River before the body was discovered by Seth’s sister and Osiris’s wife, Isis, the Egyptian goddess of magic,” former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Abdel Halem Nour el-Din previously told The Cairo Post.

The ancient Mediterranean cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus sank in the late seventh eighth after they were hit by an earthquake and tidal waves, said Nour el-Din.

The ruins of the two cities were discovered in 1999 by Franck Goddio; a French marine archaeologist who heads the EIUA.

Former head of the antiquities ministry’s museums sector Ahmed Sharaf told The Cairo Post that after Paris, the exhibition is scheduled to tour Berlin and London. It is expected to attract over 3 million visitors.

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