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Objects from ancient tomb come to Perth Museum as part of Ancient Egypt exhibit

Some of the artefacts going on display at Perth Museum.
Some of the artefacts going on display at Perth Museum.

A major display of Egyptology has made it from the banks of the Nile to the banks of the Tay.

The National Museums Scotland Exhibition, Discovering Ancient Egypt, has arrived at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

It examines Scotland’s contribution to Egyptology through three people whose work improved understanding of the ancient culture.

The exhibition will bring together objects and hidden stories to reveal how one of the earliest civilisations has captivated Scotland over the past 200 years.

Interim Head of Museums and Collections for Culture Perth and Kinross, Gillian Findlay, said: “Not only does the exhibition provide an opportunity to highlight the unique ancient Egyptian material we care for, but it supports a wide-ranging schools and public events programme as well.”

Archaeologist Alexander Henry Rhind was one of the three people who helped develop understanding of ancient Egypt.

Objects from a tomb he excavated will be on display as part of the exhibition.

Astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth carried out the first largely accurate survey of the Great Pyramid, and some of his instruments used to carry out this work will also go on display.

Egyptology expert Annie Pirie Quibell worked on significant excavations as an artist and archaeologist. Her artistic skill was used to record sites and artefacts that were found.

The exhibition will feature finds from one of the earliest temple sites in Egypt, including a 5000-year-old bowl decorated with early hieroglyphs.

A selection of objects from Perth Museum and Art Gallery’s own collections will also be shown.

Discovering Ancient Egypt will be on display from January 25 until May 3.

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