Grand Egyptian Museum receives 778 artefacts from Luxor

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778 artefacts from the antiquities ministry’s storerooms in Luxor are to be transported to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) for restoration and display within the coming days, director of Luxor’s antiquities Mostafa Waziri told Youm7 Thursday.

Grand Egyptian Museum receives 778 artefacts from Luxor
The colossus of king Amenhotep III and god Horus 
[Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]

The artefacts span several periods of the ancient Egyptian history, mainly the New Kingdom Period (1580 BC-1080 BC), said Waziri.

“A colossal statue of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III is among the artefacts. The four-ton pink granite statue is planned to be displayed at the museum’s Grand Hall,” he added.

General Director of the GEM Tarek Tawfik said these objects will undergo restoration and will be stored in the museum’s galleries until the opening of the museum, according to Youm7.

Thousands from artefacts from several archaeological sites, museums and antiquities storerooms across the country have been transported to the GEM, scheduled to open in 2018.

Grand Egyptian Museum receives 778 artefacts from Luxor
The Amenhotep III statue during transportation 
[Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]

In April 2015, a total of 200 artefacts of Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s treasures were transferred to the GEM where they will be on display in a separate hall dedicated to the young pharaoh.

GEM, situated on 120 acres of land, is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015 but due to funding issues, according to Damaty’s statement in Al-Ahram Thursday; it will not be inaugurated before 2018.

The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012, and two phases have been completed so far.

Author: Rany Mostafa | Source: The Cairo Post [March 10, 2016]

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