CAIRO: An exhibition of 239 Egyptian artifacts recovered at sea will soon tour Paris, London and Berlin, according to a statement on the Antiquities Ministry’s Facebook page Tuesday.
According to an agreement signed between the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and Franck Goddio, founder of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (EIUA), the exhibition, entitled “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures,” will kick off in Paris on Dec. 7, 2014 and run to Jan. 7, 2015, the statement said. Then, over the next three years, it will move to Berlin and London.
According to the agreement, the EIAU will pay the SCA 600,000 euro ($720,000), with an extra euro per visitor when the number of visitors exceeds 100,000.
“The exhibition aims to promote Egypt’s inbound tourism, enhance the cultural relations between Egypt and the E.U. countries and increase the revenues of the Antiquities Ministry in order to fund suspended archaeological projects,” said Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty in the statement.
The exhibition will feature finds from underwater excavations conducted by the EIUA since 1992 in Alexandria and Aboukir Bay, Antiquities Ministry Museums Sector head Ahmed Sharaf told The Cairo Post Wednesday.
“The exhibition includes 293 artifacts that have been carefully selected from different museums across Egypt; 18 artifacts from the Egyptian museum, 22 from the collection of Alexandria’s Greco-Roman Museum, 31 from the Alexandria National Museum, 15 from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum and 207 artifacts from the collection of the Department for Underwater Antiquities,” said Sharaf.
Among the artifacts are several colossal statues in pink granite, well-preserved statues of the Egyptian goddess Isis and a very well preserved sphinx, said Sharaf. The collection will also feature ceramics, jewelry, coins, items from everyday life and firearms that belonged to the naval fleet of Napoleon’s mission to Egypt (1798-1801).
According to Sharaf, the exhibition is scheduled to tour Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau museum from April 15, 2016 to Aug. 15, 2016, and London from Nov. 15, 2016 to Nov. 15, 2017. It is expected to attract over 3 million visitors.