Last Chance to See: British Museum's touring Pharaoh: King of Egypt in Birmingham

By Culture24 Reporter | 02 October 2012
A photo of an Egyptian gold carved stone
Gold plaque of Amenemhat IV making an offering to Atum© Trustees of the British Museum
Exhibition Preview: Pharaoh: King of Egypt, Birmingham Museum and art Gallery, Birmingham, until October 14 2012

A photo of an ornate light blue Egyptian statue with black ink patterns on it under lights
Blue-glazed shabti of the Pharaoh Seti I, from the Valley of the Kings, Egypt (circa 1285 BC)© Trustees of the British Museum
The latest leg of the British Museum’s big touring show has enjoyed a bit of an Egyptian slugfest with the imperious existing collection in Birmingham’s flagship museum, pitting the ritualism of burial proceeds against carved temple stones, a wooden bow once donned by a royal troop commander, glittering gold and a water-clock once decorated for the delectation of a Greek king on the throne of Egypt.

Monumental statues, decorative inlays from a Pharaoh’s palace and clay tablet letters to allies of Egypt are also among the more unusual items, more than 130 of which come from the London institution.

  • Open 10am-5pm (10.30am-5pm Saturday, 12.30pm-5pm Sunday). Admission £5/£4 (free for under-3s). Book online. Follow the museum and gallery on Twitter @BM_AG.
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