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Thursday, June 30, 2016
News: Childbirth Stelae Picked as Egyptian Museum's July piece of The Month in Online Vote
The artifact was chosen by the public in a Facebook poll by the
antiquities ministry. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The childbirth stelae
Tomorrow the foyer of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will be graced with
the newly-picked July piece of the month; a Ptolemaic childbirth stelae that
won a Facebook poll put up by the antiquities ministry.
The stelae is carved in limestone and depicts the childbirth process,
showing a Ptolemaic woman giving birth with the help of two ancient Egyptian
deities sitting beside her.
The poll was set up by the ministry two weeks ago to enable the
community to choose among 10 items, with the object to receive the most
comments to be picked as the July piece of the month.
The second piece that won the voting is the ancient Egyptian wig, while
the third is the faience of the ancient Egyptian hippopotamus.
The hippopotamus that won the second place
Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany told Ahram Online that he is
happy with the voting because it shows the effective coming together of
antiquities lovers and the Egyptian community in choosing the artifact they
hope to see on display as the July piece of the month.
Elham Salah, the head of the ministry’s Museums Department, views the
childbirth stelae as a perfect choice because it is a distinguished object on
both the archaeological and artistic levels.
Salah asserts that the ministry’s use of social media, as was done with
the Facebook poll, is an effective channel of communication between the
ministry and the community in Egypt and antiquity lovers worldwide, and can
help in raising cultural and archaeological awareness among the public.