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Two ancient Egyptian artifacts unpacked in Shanghai for upcoming exhibition

2024-06-18 17:46 Last Updated At:06-19 00:27

Two major artifacts from a collection of 788 ancient Egyptian treasures were unveiled in the Shanghai Museum on Monday, offering a glimpse into the soon-to-open exhibition in July.

Arriving in Shanghai on Sunday, this collection of artifacts will be on display at the exhibition themed "On Top of the Pyramids: The Civilization Exhibition of Ancient Egypt," which will run from July 19 to Aug 17 at the Shanghai Museum.

Of the two artifacts, the statue of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BC) -- a pharaoh of 18th Dynasty of the New Kingdom of Egypt -- with its original height at 4 meters, will be exhibited in a bust. The other one is a colored mummy coffin with inscriptions from the middle part till the base, which was unearthed at the Saqqara necropolis in recent years.

As part of the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, 24 km southwest of Cairo, the Saqqara necropolis contains the oldest stone building complex in history, as well as Egypt's oldest pyramid, among other treasures.

To better protect these ancient treasures, the organizers from China and Egypt decided to use a chartered cargo plane to transport these artifacts to Shanghai.

Chu Xiaobo, director of Shanghai Museum, said that these 788 pieces of artifacts cover a range of different times in ancient Egypt and more than 95 percent of the collection will make their debut in Asia.

"This concentrated exhibition curated outside Egypt, including the latest archaeological findings in the Saqqara region, has been unprecedented even in Egypt in terms of the scale. So, I believe many visitors coming to this exhibition will have a general understanding of the history of ancient Egyptian civilization," Chu said.

Two ancient Egyptian artifacts unpacked in Shanghai for upcoming exhibition

Two ancient Egyptian artifacts unpacked in Shanghai for upcoming exhibition

Two ancient Egyptian artifacts unpacked in Shanghai for upcoming exhibition

Two ancient Egyptian artifacts unpacked in Shanghai for upcoming exhibition

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Program launched to promote exchanges between Chinese and African children

2024-07-15 01:17 Last Updated At:03:17

A program aimed at promoting communication between Chinese and African children was launched in Beijing on Sunday.

A welcome ceremony held at the China National Children's Center saw dozens of children from Namibia, South Africa, Somalia, Uganda and the Central African Republic gather together with children from China.

A variety of activities were organized for the children, including games, dance and martial arts performances, and a group painting session.

In the center's intangible cultural heritage area, they experienced the charm of traditional Chinese culture as they made scented pouches and shadow puppets.

Huang Xiaowei, vice president of the All-China Women's Federation, said that children carry the future and hopes of China and Africa, and that exchanges between children will inject new vitality into the continued development of the China-Africa friendship.

The program is being hosted by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the All-China Women's Federation. Over the next six days, children from China and the five African countries will also visit sites such as the Palace Museum in Beijing, as well as cultural sites in central China's Henan Province.

Program launched to promote exchanges between Chinese and African children

Program launched to promote exchanges between Chinese and African children

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