Eight Egyptian Antiquities to Attend Shanghai Expo
    2010-04-19 21:08:39     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhao Lixia

Eight priceless pieces of ancient Egyptian antiquities will be on display in Shanghai World Expo which will run from May 1 to Oct. 31, said Lotfy Abdel el-Hamied, head of the Foreign Exhibitions Committee in the Egyptian Museum.

"The eight artifacts will be displayed in Shanghai Expo for six months," Abdel el-Hamied told Xinhua on Monday.

He also asserted that the artifacts date back to different ancient pharaonic dynasties, adding that the oldest piece is the Gold Broad Collar of Ahhoptep with Hawak End-Pieces made in dynasty 18 (1550-1525 B.C.).

"Ancient Egyptians thought that this Gold Broad Collar was protecting the mummies and helping them come back to life," Abdel el-Hamied said.

Moreover, he said that the most charming one is the Gold Mask of Sheshonq which dates back to the 22nd dynasty (890 B.C.) and was found in 1939 in Tanis Royal Tombs in Delta, northern Cairo.

The antiquities list also includes a limestone Dayed Statue of Nebneheh and Bakyarti which dates back to the 19th dynasty and was found in 1873, plus Limestone Block Statue of Amenmessu with a small Figure of Sobek from the 19th dynasty that was found in 1904.

"The artifacts will be packed by a German company and transported to Shanghai during the coming few days," Abdel el- Hamied said, adding "the total amount of the insurance that covers the pieces may reach 66 million U.S. dollars."

"During these days, some Egyptian experts will be busy restoring these artifacts and evaluating their conditions before their packing and transportation," he said.

"We are happy to participate in this Expo, even though Egypt will not collect money from the Chinese side for displaying the antiquities," he added.

The six-month event in Shanghai is expected to draw the participation of more than 200 countries and international organizations, and attract some 70 million visitors from both China and abroad.



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