CAIRO: The third leg of a temporary exhibition titled “The Age of the Pyramids Builders” has opened Friday in Japan’s city of Sendai, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement.
The exhibit features over 120 artifacts gathered from different museums across Egypt and will open until September 2017. It has been inaugurated in Tokyo in October 2015 before it toured Japan’s city of Matsuyama.
“The artifacts on display are dating back to the Old Kingdom Period (2686 B.C.-2181B.C.); an era known as the Pyramids age,” head of the Museums Section at the antiquities ministry Elham Salah was quoted by Youm7. She added that some of the artifacts have never been in public display before.
Among the displayed objects are a marvelous statue of Pharoah Khafre, a number of Ushabti statues, models for the “Senet” game, a wooden boat and a statue of a scribe, according to Salah.
Planned to tour other six Japanese cities including Kagoshima, Kyoto, Toyama, Fukuoka and Shizuoka, the exhibit is produced in light of a protocol signed between the Japanese government and the Egyptian ministry of antiquities, former Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al Damaty told The Cairo Post last year.
“It is expected to attract two million visitors with revenue estimated at $2.2 million. Its insurance value is estimated at $131 million,” he said.
It will contribute in boosting tourism sector and the ministry’s financial resources and benefit other archaeological projects, he added.
In October 2015, Damaty announced that the antiquities ministry’s revenue from entrance fees of archaeological sites reached 380 million EGP ($50 million) during the 2014/2015 fiscal year, compared to 229.8 million EGP in the previous fiscal year.