An­cient Egyp­tian ex­hi­bi­tion at Hubei Pro­vin­cial Mu­seum

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The an­cient Egyp­tian cul­tural relics ex­hi­bi­tion "The Land of the Pharaohs" kicked off on Oc­to­ber 2 at the Hubei Pro­vin­cial Mu­seum.

The 180 ex­hibits (sets of ex­hibits) are from Ital­ian mu­se­ums such as the Egyp­tian Mu­seum of Florence and the Rovigo In­sti­tute, which spe­cial­ize in Egyp­tian ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­search.

Fo­cus­ing on re­li­gion and art, the ex­hi­bi­tion in­volves cul­tural relics of the Egyp­tian his­tory from pre­his­toric times to the Greco-Ro­man pe­riod. The sig­nif­i­cant items on dis­play in­clude a 179-cen­time­ter-tall male mummy from Gre­coRo­man pe­riod (about 0-200 A.D.) which was wrapped with straps to form com­pli­cated di­a­mond pat­terns. The gold­plated mask in­di­cates his no­ble sta­tus. Other parts of his body are painted with pic­tures show­ing the dead of­fer­ing sac­ri­fices to the gods. It is ex­plained that the an­cient Egyp­tians be­lieved that the color of gold is the skin color of the gods, and they used the gold mask to pro­duce a per­fect face of eter­nity in mak­ing mum­mies of the pharaohs and no­bles.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will last till Jan­uary 2019.

Color painted tomb­stone

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