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Treasures From Ancient Egypt
January 26, 2012   
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A bowl retrieved from a tomb in Thebes, scarabs and other treasures of ancient Egypt unearthed during archeological digs are on show at an exhibition at the Archeological Museum in Warsaw until the end of May.

The exhibition is entitled Papyri, Mummies, Gold… Michał Tyszkiewicz and the 150th Anniversary of Polish and Lithuanian Excavations in Egypt. Count Michał Tyszkiewicz was the first Polish explorer who focused on ancient Egypt. A century and a half ago, he found gold, papyri and mummies by the River Nile. A part of his collection was lost, while 125 of the most interesting artifacts that have survived can be now seen in Warsaw.

Tyszkiewicz’s excavations took place in Karnak, Western Thebes, the Esna area, Wadi es-Sebua (Nubia) and in Saqqara. Tyszkiewicz had astonishing success. His collection of around 800 items was added to the collection of the Louvre Museum and laid the foundations for Egyptian collections at several museums in Lithuania. A part of it is stored at the National Museum in Warsaw.

Some of the most beautiful items in the Tyszkiewicz collection on display at the Archeological Museum are being shown together for the first time since they were found. The exhibition comes with a series of photographs by Joanna Borowska entitled Egypt in Photographs. All captions and commentaries in the exhibition are printed in Polish and English.

Until May 31; State Archeological Museum; 52 Długa St.
(Arsenal building); tel. 22 504-48-00, www.pma.pl
Exhibition open Mon.-Thu. and Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed on Fridays.
Free admission on Sundays.; Tickets zl.10 and zl.5
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