The British Museum houses one of the greatest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the world, and this exhibition presents more than 100 individual items which have been selected to illustrate the achievements of Egyptian art and culture.
Many of its finest pieces are presented here, and however stunning, can still only provide an introduction to one of the ancient world's most brilliant civilizations. Covering a time span of over 3,000 years, from just before the beginnings of dynastic history, right through to its end, Egyptian Treasures contains a wide range of material, large and small, from temple and tomb, of outstanding aesthetic quality. Among the objects displayed are a decorated coffin with its wrapped mummy still inside, stone sculptures of pharaohs and dignitaries, bronze statuettes of the gods, jewelry in gold and other precious materials, and papyri bearing Books of the Dead with their painted vignettes. Many of these objects have never-before-been loaned by the British Museum. This exhibition is organized by The British Museum, London. John Taylor, Assistant Keeper of The British Museum, is curator of the exhibition.