CAIRO: A set of 117 artifacts from the collection of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities were transported to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for restoration and future display, Tarik Tawfik, GEM General Supervisor said in a statement Saturday.
Dating back to the New Kingdom Period (1580B.C.-1080B.C.), the artifacts include a colossal statue of the last 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Hormoheb (1319B.C- 1292B.C.) in addition to block statues and a painted limestone wall relief depicting ancient Egyptian goddesses Isisi and Nephtys seated receiving offerings, said the museum’s Director of Restoration Department Issa Zeidan.
“A specialized committee has been formed to examine and pack the objects as well as preparing a comprehensive report about the current status of each object,” he added.
During the past few years, the GEM received thousands of artifacts from several museums and archaeological sites ahead of its inauguration scheduled for 2018.
Built over 120 acres of land, GEM is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues it has been delayed until August 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. Two phases have currently been completed.