Ptolemaic Period, 32nd Dynasty 332–30 BCE 'Mummy mask' plastered, painted and gilded linen Department of Egyptian Antiquities
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Photograph © Christian Décamps, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Australia
Egyptian Antiquities from the Louvre: Journey to the Afterlife
CANBERRA • National Gallery of Australia • Ongoing
On view for the first time in Australia, the collection of more than two hundred objects from the Musée du Louvre, Paris reveals the mysteries of Egyptian art and culture. The show draws its narrative from the Book of the Dead, a compilation of spells and incantations to secure protection against the perils of the journey. Descriptions of the Afterlife in the Book of the Dead shape the themes of the exhibition, allowing for an exploration of funerary rites, the Underworld and the soul’s journey as it travels from earthly life to eternity with the gods in the heavenly Field of Reeds. Objects on display date from the time of the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza around 5000 years ago to the age of Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh.
The exhibition will also travel to the Art Gallery of South Australia from 21 March to 1 July 2007 and the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 21 July to 28 October 2007.
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