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also at the Cinquantenaire Museum


Following the Pharaoh's footsteps, in the museum's permanent collections

Amon's head under the traits of Tutankhamun. Unknown origin. 18th dynasty (circa 1550-1300 B.C.). Granite Inv. E.5698

The Heysel unwraps, over more than 4 000 sq. mts. three funerary chambers rebuilt exactly as they originally were. The Cinquantenaire Museum is echoing this exhibition by presenting two new rooms in which it gives particular attention to the presence of Tutankhamun and his family in its own collections.

A unique collection in Belgium

The largest collection of Egyptian art in Belgium is at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels. It includes approximately 11 000 pieces. By taking the opportunity offered by the exhibition Toutankhamon, son tombeau et ses trésors (Tutankhamun, his tomb and his treasures) currently being shown at the Heysel, the museum has added and rearranged its own collection of Egyptian art, according to this same theme. Various objects have been brought out from the museum's reserves. The two stone heads of Tutankhamun as well as the three objects that come from his tomb are exhibited. They are funerary offers - two miniature hoes in copper and a fragment of textile - formerly given to king Albert Ist by the discover of the tomb, Howard Carter, and by the man who sponsored the diggings campaign, Lord Carnarvon

The reduced models of the catafalques in which the sarcophagus, the coffins and the mummy of the young Pharaoh were found. Photo © Semmel

News from the father

The visitor can also admire a collection of moldings of original sculptures and of reliefs from the Amarnian period, during the reign of Tutankhamun's father, Akhenaton. We see in this collection, among other remarkable pieces, a copy of the famous Nefertiti from the museum of Berlin. The copies, based on the originals kept in this museum, in the Louvre Museum and in the Museum of Cairo, were bought by the Cinquantenaire Museum in 1933 to be shown for educational purposes. Today they are once again shown to the public, but they also represent an interest for researchers. For one, a copy of a relief from a tomb in Amarna offers an alternative to the original work, which suffered irreversible damage.

Help to the Museum of Cairo

The case of the two heads of Tutankhamun's half-sisters is similar. The originals were robbed from the Museum of Cairo during the recent uprisings and have not been found since. Fortunately there are copies in the Musée du Cinquantenaire! The reduced models of the catafalques in which the sarcophagus and the coffins were found, and the mummy of a young, dead Pharaoh refer directly to the exhibition presented at the Heysel. The visitor will discover, in the two rooms especially arranged, Tutankhamun's childhood, his family, his government and his appearance.

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CINQUANTENAIRE MUSEUM Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 - 1000 BRUSSELS
INFORMATION: Tel: +32 (0)2 741 72 11
Website: www.mrah.be
E-mail: info@mrah.be
ADMISSION PRICE: Admission to the permanent collections: Full rate 5€; Reduced rate 4€ and 1.50€
Please note! Upon presentation of your admission ticket to the exhibition on Tutankhamun at the Heysel, you will be granted a 50% discount on the full rate for the Cinquantenaire permanent collections.
You will be granted a 2€ discount on the admission ticket to the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Heysel upon presentation of your admission ticket to the Centenaire permanent collections.

CURATORS: Eric Gubel, Head of the Antiquity Dept.
E-mail: e.gubel@mrah.be
Isabelle Therasse, curator of the presentation
E-mail: i.therasse@mrah.be
PRESS CONTACTS: Bart Suys, in charge of the Communication service Tel: +32 (0)2 741 73 00
E-mail: b.suys@mrah.be