GEM receives 71 artefacts from Minya
Friday، 14 September 2018 - 11:04 AM
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) on Thursday received a collection of 71 artifacts from Al Bahnasa archaeological site in Upper Egypt's Minya governorate to be displayed during the museum’s opening, slated for 2020.
In a statement, the general supervisor of the museum Tareq Tawfiq said the collection includes important ancient Egyptian pieces, such as the beautiful Nes-Ptah’s sarcophagus with an anthropoid lid. Nes-Ptah was a noble and son of Thebes’ and overseer Montumhat. The sarcophagus is inscribed with hieroglyphic texts and weighs a staggering five tons.
The collection also includes a red granite sarcophagus for User Montu, weighing three tonnes, as well as three colossi depicting the lioness goddess Sekhmet seated on the throne holding the symbol of life Ankh and the sun disk upon her head. Lastly, four canopic jars, with lids depicting the four sons of Horus, were also among the artefacts transported to the GEM from Minya.
Eissa Zidan, Head of the First Aid Restoration Department at the GEM, explained that the collection was subjected to documentation and restoration before it was packed and transported. The valuable collection was placed inside wooden boxes and covered with special foam layers which absorb vibrations caused during transportation.
The GEM complex, overlooking the Giza plateau, is a cultural institution located on an area of approximately 500,000 m2.
Adjacent to the Pyramids of Giza, the complex includes one of the largest museums in the world, displaying the heritage of the Egyptian civilization. It will contain over 100,000 artifacts, reflecting Egypt's past from prehistory through the Greek and Roman periods in Egypt.