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by Archaeology Newsroom

The extraordinary discovery of Pharaoh Amenhotep II

At MUDEC, Milan

The Golden Age of Ancient Egypt is relived at Museo delle Culture
via Tortona (MUDEC) through the extraordinary discovery of the tomb of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II, reconstructed on a scale of 1:1 in the rooms of the exhibition.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Milan City Council Department of Culture and by 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE, which is also the producer is the result of a collaboration with the State University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano).

The curators Patrizia Piacentini (Chair of Egyptology, UNIMI) and Christian Orsenigo (Researcher in Egyptology, UNIMI) have devised with the coordination of the Massimiliana Pozzi Battaglia (SCA-Società Cooperativa Archeologica) an itinerary that will
combine scientific investigation with wonderment.

The focus of the exhibition will be the figure of Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Despite having been an important King, Amenhotep II has never before been the subject of a monographic exhibition and is little known to the public at large, perhaps because eclipsed by his famous father Thutmose III but above all because the documents regarding the discovery of his tomb in the Valley of the Kings by the archaeologist, Victor Loret in 1898 were unknown until around fifteen years ago. Today these original documents are
owned by the University of Milan, which conserves them in its Archives – some of the richest in the world – and which the public will be given access to for the first time in this
exhibition and in a totally “theatrical” context. The valuable materials from the archive will be presented giving visitors the chance to literally relive the excitement of the discovery
by means of a 1:1 scale reconstruction of the pillared room containing the royal tomb of Amenhotep II.

The exhibition will display artifacts from some very important Egyptian collections, such as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the National Archaeological Museum in Florence, other than private collections.

Duration: Sept. 13, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018