Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Japan falls under pharaohs' spell

Tutankhamen reaches Japan for the first time in 46 years this week on the last leg of a ten stop tour that began in Switzerland in 2004 and passed through Germany, France, England and several US states.

During the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, Japan celebrated the arrival of the collection and the 150th anniversary of the first Samurai delegation to Egypt. 

Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim described the exhibition as an expression the amity between Egypt and Japan, and a message that Egypt is safe and open for business. 

Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition contains 122 objects, 50 of which belong to the Tutankhamen collection. The objects on show relate to one of the most interesting and perplexing eras of ancient Egyptian history – the period before and during Tutankhamen's reign 

The objects will remain in Osaka for six months before returning to the Egyptian museum in Tahrir Square. 

Ahram Online

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