Exhibition organised by academy's first woman director
The Egyptian museum in Rome's Egyptian Academy has launched an exhibition relating to the life of Pharaoh Tutankhamon whose tomb was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.
The artefacts on show include 30 reproductions of the original treasures. On display are sarcophagi, jewels, masks, fans and a golden throne, replicating the tomb of Tutankhamon who reigned from 1333 until 1323 BC. The show will in the Egyptian museum at the Egyptian Academy for the next two years.
The 220-sqm Egyptian museum is housed in the basement of the cutting-edge academy building which underwent extensive renovations in 2010.
Today the prestigious institution in Valle Giulia is run by Gihane Zaki, the first woman director of the academy which was established 80 years ago. A professor of Egyptology, Zaki has held several important administrative positions including director of the Nubian Fund and international relations manager of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. She has published numerous scholarly books and articles, and in 2009 she was awarded the national order of merit, followed by the title of honorary member of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo.
Zaki has been director of the Egyptian Academy in Rome since 2012.
The museum can be visited Mon-Fri from 10.00-17.00. For an insight into the academy's history and activities see related article.