The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council has put together a Taste of Egypt Tour. The bus will leave the Bassett’s Market parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, and head to the Toledo Museum for “Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb.”
Discover an ancient civilization’s fascinating approach to life and the afterlife. The installation of more than 150 objects spanning 3,000 years of history will be on temporary view in a specially designed Lower Level Egyptian Gallery in the Main Museum.
TMA’s popular mummies return to public view for this exploration of ancient Egyptian beliefs about life and the afterlife. Believing that if they lived good lives they would live again in a better world after death, Egyptians spent great effort to ensure the preservation of both body and spirit.
Tombs were built as “houses of eternity,” places for living after death with the aid of ritual prayers, food and drink, and all the good things of life. The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb introduces visitors to the conversations between the living and the dead that formed a fundamental part of life in Egypt for thousands of years. Specially built chapels and tomb-like spaces display artifacts from the funeral ceremonies and final resting places of both royal and non-royal Egyptians.
Visitors will meet a series of individual Egyptians and learn about them from the evidence of their tombs, mummies, inscribed biographies and personal possessions. The museum’s two mummies — gifts in 1906 from the Museum’s founders Mr. and Mrs. Edward Drummond Libbey — will be on view, along with results of forensic and radiological studies that reveal much about the appearance, ages, gender, lifestyles and deaths of the young priest and the old man.
Elegantly carved and painted sculptures, the coffin of the lady Ankh-Tesh, a boat model, canopic jars, shabtis and beautiful yet heart-rending grave gifts are displayed in the dramatic series of galleries. Objects from the Museum’s own antiquities collection, enhanced by beautiful and significant loans from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Indiana University Art Museum, The Field Museum and the Oriental Museum Institute of the University of Chicago, among others, reveal the secrets of the tomb.
After the tour, a gourmet boxed lunch will be served in a private dining area. Feel free to wander through the rest of the museum enjoying the treasures until the bus departs.
The cost of the trip is $48 for seniors 65 and older, $50 for adults and $40 for Toledo Museum Art Members (must have card day of event).