Funerary mask of Wenudjebauendjed
reign of Psusennes I, 1039-991 BCE gold
The Egyptian Museum, Cairo
The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt
PORTLAND. OREGON • Portland Art Museum • Ongoing
|Ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices based on the afterlife journey of pharaohs from death to immortality are documented through 115 objects from Egypt and a life-sized reconstruction of the burial chamber of the New Kingdom pharaoh Thutmose III (1490-1436 BC). It is the largest selection of antiquities ever to be loaned by Egypt for exhibition in North America. It includes objects that have never been on public display and many that have never been seen outside of Egypt.|
The show focuses on the understanding of the afterlife among Egyptians some 3,000 years ago, in the period of the New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC) through the Late Period (664-332 BC). The New Kingdom marked the beginning of an era of great wealth, power, and stability for Egypt, and was accompanied by a burst of cultural activity, much of which was devoted to the quest for eternal life.
The exhibition is divided into six sections: Journey to the Afterworld, The New Kingdom, The Royal Tomb, Tombs of Nobles, The Realm of the Gods, and The Tomb of Thutmose III.
Objects on view are loaned by the Egyptian government and come from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Luxor Museum, and the sites of Tanis and Deir el-Bahari.
The exhibition was conceived by Erik Hornung, professor emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Betsy M. Bryan, Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and chair of the department of Near Eastern Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, is the guest curator for the exhibition.
The 256-page exhibition catalogue, copublished by the National Gallery of Art and Prestel, is illustrated with some 190 color photographs. The catalogue, which was co-edited by Hornung and Bryan, contains essays by them and Fayza Haikal, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo; entries on each object; a selected guide to the gods; a chronology; a glossary; and a bibliography.
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