Here comes a reason for art lovers and history buffs of the ‘Nawabi’ city to rejoice. An Egyptian gallery has been set up at UP Museum to showcase a modest collection of antiques from Egypt.
The building in the premises of Lucknow Zoo, is all set to get one-of-its-kind separate air-conditioned and modernised Egyptian mummy gallery. A special purpose has been dedicated to the mummy which has always been a major crowd puller. Here’s something more about Egyptian Gallery:
- Models of the ‘Great Sphinx of Giza’ have been placed at the entrance of the gallery.
- The mummy of an Egyptian queen, placed in the museum for over 64 years, has been shifted to a separate gallery
- Several other interesting Egyptian antique articles have also been brought to the gallery.
- Khufu (named after the Great Pyramid of Khufu) – is a 2,500-year-old huge plane and its replica has been placed within the gallery.
- The museum will have 28 night-vision cameras both inside and outside the building to secure more than 1.5 lakh antiquities it houses.
- Wherever possible, the replicas and paintings will be used to illustrate the life of the Then-Egyptians.
Some Interesting Displays at the Gallery
Besides a view of the Mummy dating back to 600 BC and a coffin from 400 BC in a pyramid decked up with lights, visitors will now get a look and feel of real Egypt. Three dimensional paintings of palm and date trees, the river Nile, display of pharaohs (rulers in ancient Egypt), and the Sphinx in effective lighting would be displayed in the building. A film on the relevance and process of preserving mummies and the lifestyle of Egyptians will also be shown.
India’s first ever Egyptian Gallery at UP Museum
In India, only six museums including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jaipur, Baroda, Kolkata and Lucknow have a Mummy, but everywhere the Mummy is simply kept at the museum and there is no gallery dedicated to Egypt.
The idea of making this gallery was conceptualized only a few years ago at the state museum and the budget was sanctioned under the 13th Finance Commission in 2014. Also, construction of the new gallery was nearly completed by the end of 2015 but it could not be inaugurated as some work was still pending.
A lot of fibre work has been done and now, the authorities are working on categorising rare artefacts and manuscripts by increasing the number of galleries from 7 to 14. These would include textile, medals, coins, and ornaments.
We are so excited about our visit to Egyptian Gallery! Are you?