Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from The British Museum

April 13, 2002—July 7, 2002

The magnificent works presented in Eternal Egypt were drawn from The British Museum, among the largest and most comprehensive collections of ancient Egyptian materials outside of Cairo.

The 144 objects in this landmark exhibition ranged from luxury items and art to statues and personal possessions of famous pharaohs. Unparalleled masterpieces––precious jewelry and cosmetic objects, elaborately decorated coffins, a gold mummy mask, a 4,800-pound lion carved of red granite and sections of papyrus rolls containing the Book of the Dead––offered visitors an unprecedented glimpse into the culture of the world’s oldest civilization.

Kansas City was one of only eight cities nationwide selected for the national tour of Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from The British Museum.

A 384-page, fully illustrated catalog (ISBN 0520230868) accompanied the exhibition.

Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from The British Museum and its national tour were made possible by Ford Motor Company. The Company provided additional support for the Kansas City presentation. The Kansas City venue was made possible by Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation––Commerce Bank, Trustee. Support provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Midwest Airlines is the official airline sponsor of this venue. Additional support has been provided by the Benefactors Circle of AFA.

Mummy Mask of Satdjehuty, New Kingdom, early Eighteenth Dynasty (ca. 1500 B.C.), Cartonnage, painted and gilded, Height 13 in. © Trustees of The British Museum, Courtesy AFA.
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