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FYI SOUTH Magazine, July 2004.

 

Exploring the Pyramids: Ancient Egyptian Art from The Louvre

Edited by Selena Huang Translated by Sheng Chen


     Previously, Taiwanese interested in Egyptian civilization have only been able to catch glimpses of this fascinating culture through the mass media, or by taking an expensive trip abroad. Now, after four years of preparation, "Ancient Egyptian Art from The Louvre" is here.

     The exhibition consists of more than 600 major items from the collection of the Louvre in Paris, and lasts one year from November 2003 to November 2004. Come and see what the excitement is all about; if you are not already an admirer of ancient Egyptian art, you will likely become one.

     The Louvre's Egyptian Galleries contain over 60,000 Egyptian relics, a hoard second only to the Cairo Museum. Some of the pieces now in Taiwan have never left France since they were acquired by The Louvre, including a mummy of cat, and the Carved Granite Statue of Pharaoh Thutmose IV. A girl mummy is also showcased for the first time; while in Taiwan it will also be sent through a CAT scanner to gather data.

     Ancient Egyptian Art from The Louvre is divided into four main subjects: Ancient Egypt Revealed--Archeology and France; The Rise of Egypt--The Nile and Its Ecology; Egypt and Pharaohs--4000 Years of The History and Culture of Ancient Egypt; and finally Mysteries of Millenniums--Life and Death of The Ancient Egyptian.

1. Ancient Egypt Revealed--Archeology and France

Napoleon attacked Egypt at the end of the 18th century, and France has enjoyed close ties with Egypt ever since. In modern times, three French scholars have been of great importance in the field of Egyptology. They are former Louvre Museum Director Vivant Denon, First Egyptian Gallery Director Jean Francois Champollion--the first man to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics--and Auguste Mariette, who promoted the Egyptian Antiquity Hall in Egypt.

2. The Rise of Egypt--The Nile and Its Ecology

The Nile brings fertility to the land by flooding each year. It nurtured the ancient Egyptian civilization, which revered the Nile as the Mother God of Earth. Small creatures and riverbank implements are introduced in this section.

The Nile brings fertility to the land by flooding each year. It nurtured the ancient Egyptian civilization, which revered the Nile as the Mother God of Earth. Small creatures and riverbank implements are introduced in this section.

3. Egypt and Pharaohs--4000 Years of The History and Culture of Ancient Egypt

In this section, the antiquities are arranged by year into a chronicle, revealing changes in art and civilization with actual objects. The major periods are: Pre-dynastic Period (4000-3000 B.C); Thinite (first dynasty), Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period (3000-2000 B.C); Middle Kingdom (2000-1500 B.C); New Kingdom (1500-1000 B.C); and Late Period (1000-30 B.C).

4. Mysteries of Millenniums--Life and Death of The Ancient Egyptian

Ancient Egypt's unique burial ceremonies are fascinating. This section introduces the Egyptian concepts of life and death, ceremonial procedures, mummification procedures, barriers the dead must overcome to reach the afterworld, guardian gods and charms, colored tombs, and the reconstruction of Sennedjem (tombs).

When and Where:

* July 30, 2004 to November 7, 2004
National Science & Technology Museum, Kaohsiung City
Information: (07) 384-6471

 

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