Before the Pyramids, Oriental Institute Special Exhibit
- Before the Pyramids
The Origins of Egyptian Civilization
a special exhibit at the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago
March 29 to December 31, 2011
The most fundamental aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization architecture, hieroglyphic writing, a belief in life after death, and allegiance to a semi-divine king were formulated more than 500 years before the pyramids were built. This exhibit, based on the most recent research on the origins of ancient Egypt civilization, explores Egypt's Predynastic and Early Dynastic material culture and shows how these artifacts shed light on our understanding of later Egyptian civilization. The show includes 130 objects from the collection of the Oriental Institute Museum including pottery, stonework, carved ivories, and objects from the tombs of the first kings and of the retainers who were buried alongside their ruler. Two masterworks of early Egyptian art, the Battlefield Palette and a statue of King Khasekhem of Dynasty Two are on loan from the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Neither of these works has ever been shown in the US. Chicago is the only venue for this exhibit. A catalog with essays by leading scholars is available.
This exhibit is supported by a grant from the Antiquities Endowment Fund of the American Research Center in Egypt, Exelon Corporation, and by Tom and Linda Heagy.
For more information: http://oi.uchicago.edu/museum/special/pyramids/
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