[SZ]A journey to ancient Egypt(until Jun.16)
2013-March-14 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Time: 9 a.m.-11 p.m., until June 16

Tickets: 100-300 yuan

Reservation: 400-610-3721

Venue: Exhibition Center, OCT Bay, 8 Baishi Road East, Nanshan District

Metro: OCT East Station, Exit C1

Visitors inside a full-scale reconstruction of the burial chamber of the tomb of Thutmose III.

The mummy of a son of the powerful pharaoh Ramesses II.

Parts of mummies.

Part of the mural inside the burial chamber of the tomb of Thutmose III.

A model that shows the daily life of ancient Egyptians.

A piece of relief.

A gilded mummy mask.

More than 300 relics from ancient Egypt will be displayed in the exhibition hall of OCT Bay in Nanshan District from tomorrow to June 16.

The exhibit includes mummies, golden masks, sculptures, and arts and crafts, all of which are from the collection of the Bolton Museum in Britain, said Hong Quan, general manager and curator of Shenzhen PLD Marketing & Planning Co.

The exhibition is the largest overseas cultural project to be introduced to the mainland since 1949, Hong said.

Egyptian guides will also be hired at the exhibition and a free outdoor party will be held Friday night to celebrate the opening of the exhibition.

One of the most precious items exhibited is a 3,000-year-old mummified prince who was the son of Ramesses II.

"This is a unique mummy that is unusually well-preserved," said Teit Ritzau, another curator and CEO of UEG ADM in Denmark.

"The mummy's eyes, nose, teeth and fingernails are still very clear. Meanwhile, the muscles on his right side are less developed than the muscles on his left side, so we think he might have been left-handed. Also, he has wounds on his hands, so he might be a warrior," Dr. Carolyn Routledge, curator of Egyptology of the Bolton Museum, said.

The prince was one of hundreds of sons and daughters of Ramesses II, who was one of the most important kings of ancient Egypt. He was about 170 centimeters tall and died of smallpox or cancer at the age of around 25.

The mummy was first found in a coffin designed for a female. "It was thought to be a priestess, but was confirmed by modern technology to be the son of Ramesses II in 2008," Ritzau said.

Why he was buried in a woman's coffin is still unknown. Archaeologists thought that he might have been put into the coffin to avoid war or to declare his love to a woman. In ancient Egypt, a man and a woman who were in love could exchange coffins when they were buried.

"In ancient Egypt, a mummy was a symbol of good luck as it represented power and wealth. I hope that visitors in Shenzhen will enjoy the tour and learn more about the culture and history of ancient Egypt," he said.

The exhibition will also include a replication of the tomb of Thutmose III. The tomb features some of ancient Egypt's most splendid architecture. A mural on one of the tomb's interior walls provided one of the oldest and most complete records of ancient Egyptian beliefs, demonstrating adventures men would experience 12 hours before achieving immortality.

"It is the first time this mummy has been exhibited in a 'tomb' instead of a well-lit exhibition hall," Ritzau said.

Located in London, the Bolton Museum has the largest number of relics from ancient Egypt in the world, with more than 10,000 Egyptian relics and 30,000 other collections and files.

"The exhibition is intended to promote cultural exchanges and introduce international culture to Shenzhen. We hope parents can bring their children to learn about Egypt and ancient civilization," Hong said.

Before coming to Shenzhen, the collection was exhibited in Taiwan, attracting about 1 million visitors. The company also plans to take the collection to Beijing and Shanghai.

High technology will be introduced to provide interactive activities with visitors and visitors can also learn about the demonstration and exhibition information through WeChat, a mobile chatting software by Tencent Inc., Hong said.

Editor: Jecey
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