CAIRO – 10 May 2022: Egyptian museums contain millions of rare archaeological artifacts dating back to various eras. Each piece of those artifacts carry a story from thousands of years ago.
Among those pieces is a necklace from the holdings of Mohammad Ali Pasha. The necklace consists of 16 decorative units, 8 of which are inscribed with the name of Mohammad Ali, and 8 others come in the form of a rose of gold. In the middle, lies a gold ring with diamond lobes. That golden gem is located at Egypt’s Royal Jewelry Museum.
The Royal Jewelry Museum is one of the Egyptian museums that includes a large number of pieces that narrate a specific historical era in Egypt. It includes pieces belonging to the Alawi Dynasty established by Mohammad Ali Pasha. The family ruled Egypt for more than 150 years, starting from 1805 AD until 1952 AD.
The palace was built in Zizinia area in 1919 by Zainab Fahmy and was completed by her daughter, Princess Fatima, daughter of Prince Ali Haider, grandson of Mohammad Ali Pasha. It serves as a stunning backdrop to the magnificent properties of the Alawi Family, reflecting the refined taste of the princess in the paintings, gilded ceilings, and mosaics that decorate many of the palace’s rooms.
The palace consists of two eastern and western wings connected by a corridor, each of them consisting of two floors and a basement.
The palace of Princess Fatima al-Zahra was transformed into a jewelry museum in 1986. It spans over 4185 square meters and was built in the European architectural style of the 19th century, with exquisite artistic decoration.
The museum displays the possessions collected by the family throughout their reign in all the magnificent palace halls, reflecting their lavish lifestyle. The jewelry and collectibles that were confiscated in the 23rd July revolution were placed in it, which numbered 11,500 pieces of art and decoration.
Among the museum's holdings is a necklace inlaid with diamonds and emeralds belonging to the founder of the family, Mohammad Ali Pasha; in addition to a golden chessboard; golden binoculars studded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds; and golden cups inlaid with precious stones.
It also displays the dazzling jewelry made by the leading designers of Europe, which used to adorn the queens and princesses of the royal family in Egypt.