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“Era of Pyramids Builders” Exhibition now in Kyoto

Thursday، 06 October 2016 - 12:31 PM

 The "Era of Pyramids Builders" Exhibition is held in the Japanese city of Kyoto as of 30/9/2016 until 25/12/2016) after it was held in the city of Kagoshima.

The Exhibition started its tour in Japan in October 2015 and was firstly hosted in the Japanese Capital Tokyo, the city of Matsuyama, Sendai, Kagoshima consecutively and presently in Kyoto. It is due to show up in other three cities: Toyama, Fukuoka and Shizuoka.

The Exhibition was inaugurated by Egyptian Minister of Antiquities  Khaled al-Anani on September 30, 2016, and will last at the Museum of Kyoto until December 25, 2016 in order to offer an opportunity for all visitors of the museum to enjoy the ancient Egyptian civilization and watch closely its monuments.

The opening ceremony was attended by Egyptian Ambassador to Japan, Ismail Khairat and senior Japanese officials including the deputy governor of Kyoto city and the director of Kyoto Museum and Japanese archeologist, Dr. Sakoji Yoshimura along with an Egyptian delegation from the Ministry of Antiquities. The Egyptian delegation included General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, Dr. Tarek Tawfik and the director general of Upper Egypt Antiquities department.

The Exhibition could be deemed as the best promotion for Egyptian tourism and getting acquainted with her archaeological and cultural treasures.

The Exhibition is touring eight Japanese cities in 25 months

Previous Exhibition tours:

- Tokyo: Metropolitan Museum of Art Murray from 16/10/2015 until 03/01/2016.

 - Matsuyama City: Aaheim Museum from 23/01/2016 until 27/03/2016.

 - Sendai City: Sendai Museum from 22/04/2016 until 06/26/2016.

- Kagoshima City: Kagoshima Museum from 15/07/2016 until 15/09/2016.

Current tour:

- Kyoto city: Kyoto Museum from 01/10/2016 until 12/25/2016

Next Exhibition tours:

- Toyama City: Toyama Regional Museum from 13/01/2017 until 26/03/2017.

-  Shizuoka: Shizuoka City Museum from 08/04/2017 until 25/06/2017

- Fukuoka: Fukuoka City Museum from 15/07/2017 until 09/24/2017.


The Exhibition comprises 120 artifacts dating back to the Old Kingdom among which is one of the statues of King Khafre and a group of statues of servants, workers and beer and bread manufacturers along with a statue of one of the scribes and a model for a pharaonic game called “cent” which means “the crossing” and it is a chess-like game and played using dices from animal bones or sticks. This game used to be for entertainment only, but later on in the modern pharaonic eras, it got to have a religious goal symbolizing the triumph of good over evil which is a doomed fate and is represented by the deceased who crosses safely to the other world.

The Exhibition also includes a model of sun boats and the statue of the King, "Ne secret of Ra", a collection of ornaments and jewelry and a statue of one of the nobles of the Old Kingdom named "Kai" and the gold mask of King Tut Ankh Amon which is the masterpiece of the Exhibition.

Japanese Impressions

" The Pyramids Builders Era" Exhibition witnessed an intensive turnout since its inauguration.  Many Japanese citizens voiced their happiness to visit an exhibition comprising a number of artifacts that mirror the splendor and grandeur of the era of pyramids builders; they said that they would visit the exhibition frequently while being in Kyoto.

The Kyoto city governor said that the exhibition is splendid and hosts many of distinguished artifacts, marking his fascination with the Egyptian antiquities mainly for being hand-made, particularly collection of the Golden King "Tut Ankh Amon".

The governor furthered that he wishes to have more Egyptian exhibitions in Japan as Japanese people ranks the ancient Egyptian history high.
Japanese visitors admitted that when looking at the sculptures and artifacts, one realizes the incompetence of the modern age with all its machines and equipment which can hardly manufacture a single similar sculpture as that of the Pharaohs.

The Japanese visitors also noted that this exhibition motivated their willingness to organize visits to Egypt to closely watch and enjoy all archaeological sites and museums in Egypt.

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