After a global tour: Egypt's sunken antiquities return to Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Antiquities Museum


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 - 11:47 GMT

Egypt's Sunken treasures - ET

Egypt's Sunken treasures - ET

CAIRO – 3 June 2021: The Antiquities Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has re-displayed a distinguished group of unique artifacts, after they returned safely to Egypt following an absence of nearly 5 years, during which they toured a number of European capitals and American states.




The exhibition started its world tour with the Arab World Institute in the French capital, Paris, in 2015. The exhibition then moved to the British Museum in England, and then to the Rietberg Museum in Zurich. Switzerland was the last stop on hits European tour.




After completing its European tour, the exhibition began its second tour in the United States of America, where it visited four American cities, starting in 2018 with St. Louis, then the Minneapolis Museum of Art in Minneapolis, and the Ronald Reagan Museum in the Presidential Library in California, and ending its US tour at the Virginia Museum of Art in Virginia.




The Antiquities Museum in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has contributed a number of selected pieces from the museum’s sunken antiquities collection, some pieces from the Black Head group, and a number of unique pieces representing the god Osiris.




These pieces include the famous statue of one of the Ptolemaic queens in the form of the goddess Isis. This unique piece was made the icon of the exhibition, and topped the museum display in various international museums.




The exhibition "Osiris-Secrets of Sunken Egypt" included 293 artifacts from various Egyptian museums, such as the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Alexandria National Museum, the Greco-Roman Museum, and the Antiquities Museum in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, as well as discoveries made by the General Administration from the Sunken Antiquities.




As soon as these pieces returned to the Antiquities Museum, the museum management was keen to provide all human resources and expertise, including archaeologists, restorers and workers, to display of the collection again.








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