Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kohl Gallery to Display Rare Egyptian Funerary Objects through Dec. 2

CHESTERTOWN—The Kohl Gallery at Washington College has extended the run of its special exhibition, “For Now and Forever: Funerary Artifacts from Ancient Egypt,” through December 2, 2011. The 33 items in the show date from the 3rd century CE to the 3rd millennium BCE and include funerary and votive objects in bronze, wood, stone and faience. Except for one object loaned by the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum, all the objects come from a private collection in Baltimore whose owners wish to remain anonymous.
“This is such a unique opportunity for the campus and the region to have access to these beautiful, ancient objects, many of them never before shown in public,” says acting gallery director Patrice DiQuinzio, Associate Provost for Academic Services. “We are so grateful to their owners for allowing us to display them longer.”
“These artifacts reveal how the ancient Egyptians prepared for their journey to the afterlife,” says exhibition curator Fatma Ismail, a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History. “And they illustrate how a fundamental human concern, the nature of life and death, connects us all.”
To view a video tour of the exhibit with comments from Ismail and exhibition designer Alex Castro, click here or visit http://kohlgallery.washcoll.edu/.
The Kohl Gallery is located in the Gibson Center for the Arts on the Washington College campus, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 1 to 5 p.m., Fridays noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday.

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