Following the aborted touring exhibition of Tutankhamun treasures the cabinet of the Egyptian government has just approved a new international touring exhibition. Government approval is required for Egyptian antiquities to leave the country for international exhibitions.
The new temporary exhibition entitle ‘Ramses and the Pharaohs’ Gold’ will open at its first venue in November 2021. There will be five venues in all, three in the USA and two in Europe. This touring exhibition will be similar to the temporary exhibition on show in Germany at the Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte. Closed in April 2020, Pharaoh’s Gold: 3,000 Years of Ancient Egypt showcased a number of Pharaonic gold artefacts from museums in Germany and Austria.
The well known face of Ramses from one of his many colossal statues.
Besides the length of the tour, from November 2021 to January 2025, and the names of the five venues the exhibition will be hosted in, there are very little details at this stage.
The timing for the itinerary of exhibition at the five venues has not been released. As soon as more details become available, this page will be updated.
The two European venues are:
The three American venues are:
Exhibition Theme: Pharaonic Gold
Ancient Egyptians believed that by using gold a person would become immortal. Hence the presence of gold artefacts in grave goods. Only the wealthy could afford the precious metal, particularly the Pharaoh. Especially well known in this regard is the collection of grave goods from Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Although a list of artefacts to be included in the exhibition has not yet been released, it is thought that the collection will include the oldest known statue of Khafre made of pure gold. Khafre reigned during the 4th dynasty of the Old Kingdom, a period of peace and prosperity.
One of the many gold artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb: the squatting figure represents Amenhotep III. Worn by Tutankhamun, the protective pendant was believed to assist the king on his journey into the afterlife. This artefact was included in the Tutankhamun’s Treasures touring exhibition.