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Journal Article

The Egyptian Gallery of the Oriental Institute Museum Reopens

Emily Teeter
Near Eastern Archaeology
Vol. 62, No. 2 (Jun., 1999), pp. 93-100
DOI: 10.2307/3210704
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3210704
Page Count: 8

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Topics: Statues, Museum exhibitions, Mummies, Tombs, Afterlife, Art museums, Stelae, Curators, Renovations, Priests
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Abstract

After a three-year closure, the completely renovated Egyptian gallery of the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago has reopened. Displaying a portion of the approximately 25,000 objects in the Institute's Egyptian collection, the gallery now gives pride of place to a colossal statue of King Tutankhamun that, at 5.3 m tall, towers over the entrance. The gallery's introductory section on chronology presents the most characteristic objects of each period. Curators arranged the rest of the gallery thematically, with the major subdivisions being daily life and funerary beliefs. The exhibition encourages visitors to make connections between the ancient and modern world.

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