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Osiris – The sunken secret of Egypt

10 February 2017 - 12 August 2017

| CHF25

Osiris -  Das versunkene Geheimnis ÄgyptensThis spectacular exhibition shows 300 statues and ritual objects, sarcophagi and idols from sixteen centuries retrieved from the depths of the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast. The exhibits originate from the legendary cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, which became submerged in the eighth century AD. They provide answers to many age-old questions.

The exhibition tells the mythical story of Osiris, the Egyptian God of rebirth, ruler of the underworld and hero of a mystical cult. It describes the sensational archaeological discoveries on the sea floor of the once flourishing, now submerged trading cities of the Nile Delta. The objects that French archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team found in the depths of Abu Qir Bay and rescued from the sea throw new light on the history of late Egyptian civilisation, at a time when the Greeks and Romans had already gained a foothold in the land of the pharaohs.

The exhibition presents a wealth of moving works of art from Egyptian museums, with the most beautiful objects retrieved from the sea, including colossal statues some five metres tall and whole complexes of finds, forming its centrepiece.




10 February 2017
13 August 2017
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