CAIRO - 12 December 2020: An exhibition of Islamic antiquities titled “ Towards the mosque" is going to be held in the Ithra’a museum in Dhahran, In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of the cultural cooperation agreement between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The artifacts that are scheduled to participate in the exhibition have been transfered to be displayed in the Islamic Civilization Hall (Kunooz) where the exhibition will be held.
A group of archaeologists and restorers from the Supreme Council of Antiquities and an Egyptian police officer accompanied the artifacts.
They will be present to supervise the implementation of the set technical and security measures.
Coordination between the state agencies to ensure the safety of the artifacts leaving Egypt.
Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, indicated that the process of packing and transporting these artifacts was carried out with efficiency and in accordance with scientific and technical standards used in the packing and transport of antiquities.
He pointed out that the artifacts selected to participate in the exhibition are 84 artifacts from the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, related to mosques; such as pulpits, niches, and Holy Quran chairs.
In addition to lighting tools such as chandeliers, skirts, candlesticks and other pieces of various shapes and styles showcasing artists creativity in different eras.
Moamen Othman, Head of the Museums Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the exhibition "Towards The Mosque" deals with the origin and history of the mosque through 130 artifacts from various parts of the Islamic world.
It sheds light on the masterpieces of Islamic art that have been associated with mosques, which in turn reflect the progress and prosperity of Islamic civilization and arts.
He added that the museum in which the exhibition will be held includes four galleries, which are arts, generations, treasures and trips, and the "treasures" exhibition gallery has been devoted to telling a comprehensive story of the different aspects of the Islamic civilization, its arts and values through he selected artifacts.