CAIRO – 12 December 2022: On the occasion of celebrating handing over 176 antique coins to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Arab Republic of Iraq and the People's Republic of China, the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir held a special exhibition of a group of Queen Ahhotep I’s ornaments from the 18th Dynasty, and a coffin of Isis-Wort displayed for the first time, at the entrance the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
Director General of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel-Razek explained that the exhibition includes the sarcophagus of a woman named Isis-Wort from the era of the 26th Dynasty, in addition to a group of Queen Ahhotep I’s jewelry including a wide gold necklace, the end of which is decorated with a falcon's head, and a gold chain with a scarab inlaid with lapis lazuli, which is one of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry spanning back to the beginning of the 18th Dynasty, in addition to a variety of bracelets made of gold, including lapis lazuli, agate, turquoise, colored glass, and other bracelets made of gold beads and semi-precious stones. The exhibited pieces also include a mirror made of gold and bronze with a handle of cedar wood inlaid with gold, and a hand-fan made of wood covered with gold and on it are scenes depicting the worshiping of King Kamose.
Abdel-Razek added that the exhibited pieces date back to the beginning of the New Kingdom, around 1550 B.C. The pieces were found by an archaeologist named Mariette in the tomb of Queen Ahhotep I in Draa' Abul Naga Necropolis in Luxor in 1859.
It is noteworthy that Queen Ahhotep I is the wife of King Seqenenre Tao, who started the war of liberation against the Hyksos. She was the mother of both King Kamose and King Ahmose, who completed the war against the Hyksos and was able to expel them from Egypt and establish the 18th Dynasty.