FILE - Egyptian Museum in Tahrir
CAIRO – 4 February 2019: Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany will inaugurate on Feb. 4 a temporary exhibition at Hall No. 44 at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. The exhibition will showcase the artifacts unearthed by the French-Italian mission in Fayoum.
The exhibition is managed by the Ministry of Antiquities, in cooperation with the French Institute of Oriental Archeology and the University of Milano.
The event comes within the Egyptian-French cultural year.
Head of the Museums Department at the Ministry of Antiquities, Elham Saladin, explained that the exhibition will run for two months and includes about 200 pieces discovered by the French-Italian mission in the area of Umm al-Brijat in Fayoum in a time span of thirty years, starting from 1988.
The pieces illustrate a detailed picture of the village life from the third century BC to the ninth century AD.
Director of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, Sabah Abdel Razek, added that among the pieces are three wooden windows from the first and second centuries AD, which are exclusively exhibited in the Egyptian museum, along with household tools consisting of baskets made of wood and different metals that were discovered in the village houses.
Among the discoveries were utensils made of pottery used for cooking, tableware and utensils to store food from the Ptolemaic, Roman and Byzantine eras.
Abdel Razek further pointed out that the museum also displays a distinctive collection of cosmetics and decorations, including small bottles of perfume and perfumed oils, among others.
It is noteworthy that the village was discovered in 1899, where several English and German scientific missions conducted successive excavations on the site.
The last mission working in the site was the Italian mission which continued its excavation works until the year 1936.
In 1988, the French-Italian mission decided to resume excavations on the site where new neighborhoods and magnificent buildings were discovered.