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Institute of Egyptian Art&Archaeology Part of Exhibition at Tennessee State Museum

For release: February 28, 2011
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson (901) 678-4164

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology (IEAA) is part of Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamunat, an exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum.

The exhibition features ancient artifacts from the IEAA's collection and beautifully detailed replicas presented in Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb, a traveling exhibition of the International Museum Institute of New York (IMINY).

Model funerary boat, Middle Kingdom ca. 20200-2,200 B.C. From the collection of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology. Edward and Suzanne Trezevant Little Fund.

This is the first collaboration of the University of Memphis with the Tennessee State Museum and the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The three-part exhibition, which looks at the art, history, and culture of ancient Egypt and its influence on Tennessee, opened at the Tennessee State Museum on February 27 and continues until September 4, 2011.

The exhibit also measures Egypt’s surprisingly broad footprint in Tennessee as seen in Egyptian revival works from the collections of the State Museum, as well as objects loaned by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Vanderbilt University.  These works date from the mid-1800s to contemporary times.

Visitors will begin with an introduction to the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt told with actual ancient artifacts on loan from the University of Memphis. Egyptian culture thrived along the Nile River in northeastern Africa for more than 3,000 years. This section of the exhibition will provide insight about Egyptian geography, religion, economics, and architecture, as well as the development of hieroglyphics, a form of picture writing, and other scripts which have aided scholars in interpreting Egypt’s history and culture. Highlights of the IEAA exhibition include a model of a boat from more than 3,600 years ago; bronze statues of the gods, Amun-Re, Osiris, and Isis; an ancient musical instrument called a sistrum; jewelry; an ancient stool; and a painted coffin head and other funerary artifacts.

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