Unfolding the Mysteries of Papyri: From Meaning to Significance
- 4 Apr 2017 - 4 May 2017
- | Bibliotheca Alexandrina
- | Exhibition
- | Open For Public
An exhibition will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum and Manuscript Museum, 4 April − 4 May 2017. It will showcase paintings and illustrations explaining the role of papyri through different eras in Egypt. The Manuscripts Museum will showcase paintings that explain the restoration of Papyrus Boulaq, one of the rarest papyri discovered complete. Papyrus Boulaq dates to the Twenty-first Dynasty during the Third Intermediate Period. It will also shed light on the Wadi al-Jarf Papyrus found by the commission of the French Institute for Oriental Archeology. Wadi al-Jarf is located along the Red Sea coast, Suez. Wadi al-Jarf Papyrus is the oldest discovered papyrus until today. It goes back to Fourth Dynasty of the Ancient Kingdom of Egypt. The content of Wadi al-Jarf Papyrus makes it particularly important. It includes everyday life details, such as monthly reports on the numbers of port workers and different aspects of their lives. Also, it contains information about the system according to which supplies were given to the workers of the Great Pyramid project.
The Antiquities Museum will showcase many papyri that are exhibited for the first time, in addition to explanations of their contents covering different aspects of the society.