Ancient Egypt comes to Milan with Amenhotep II

Original documents on discovery of pharaoh's tomb on show

31 August, 09:26

    (By Shelly Kittleson).

    (ANSAmed) - Milan, August 31 - Ancient Egypt will be showcased at Milan's Museum of Cultures (MUDEC) from September 13 until January 7, 2018.

    The exhibition, entitled 'Egypt. The Extraordinary Find of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II', centers on the life of the pharaoh, from 1427 until 1401 BC.

    Son of the important Thutmose III, Amenhotep II has long been overshadowed by his famous father.

    The documents relating to the discovery of his tomb in the Valley of the Kings by archaeologist Victor Loret in 1898 were also unknown until about 15 years ago. The documents are now the property of the Milan University, which keeps them in the Egyptian Studies Archives, and will be exhibited for the first time ever to the public.

    The exhibition will include a life-size reconstruction of the columned pharaoh's tomb, with the immersive experience continuing into a mortuary chamber in a section focusing on funerary beliefs and mummification.

    The precious objects that were laid to rest with the pharaoh to "accompany him into the afterlife" will be on display. The archaeologist Loret brought to light the pharaoh's mummy as well as those of some other well-known rulers of the New Kingdom, which were hidden inside one of the four rooms annexed to the mortuary chamber in an attempt to keep them safe from tomb raiders. Tutankhamon's mother and grandmother were both among the bodies found.

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