TUTANKHAMUN COLLECTION IN ASTANA
The pharaoh’s golden chariot, the Nefertiti bust, the gemstones collar and the sarcophagus. Astana is hosting an exhibition of unique items from the Tutankhamun collection. Egypt's three thousand-year history is reflected in items and artifacts from different historical periods starting from the pre-dynastic to the middle ages.
ALMAZ NURAZKHAN, STAFF, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS:
- This idea was born last year. A delegation visited us on this occasion. The delegation visited us not only on this matter, but also on issues related to tourism. We went to Cairo and met with the Minister of Antiquities and the Minister of Culture. We try to deepen the cultural ties. Therefore, this will have a huge impact on our people so they can learn the history of Egypt.
Particular objects and sculptures symbolize certain era. Pharaoh Narmer represents the pre-dynastic period. Hesir's panel illustrates the ancient kingdom
and the statue of Pharaoh Senusret the First reflects the middle kingdom. According to the organizers of the exhibition, creation of each copy takes about two months. In general, preparation of the unique collection had taken more than a year.
AHMED SHUKRI, FIRST VICE MINISTER ON TOURISM OF EGYPT:
- The National Museum of Egypt has a special workshop for preparation of exhibits’ exact copies. A special commission assesses the accuracy of the created items, too. Our specialists have carefully prepared all the artifacts under the leadership of the government. The exhibition shows the high level of cooperation between our countries.
After the exposition, Egypt will donate all the exhibits to Kazakhstan. Later, the country’s National Museum is planning to include the exhibits in the hall of world cultures.