The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that the Ministry’s Supreme Council of Antiquities is currently participating with a group of artifacts in the “Islamic Arts Biennale”, which is hosted by the Western Pilgrims Hall at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under the title “The First House”.
The ministry added, in press statements today, that Moamen Othman, head of the museums sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, participated yesterday evening, accompanied by a delegation from the Supreme Council, in the opening ceremony of the Biennale.
Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, explained that the exhibition will officially begin receiving visitors starting today and will continue for 3 months until April 2023.
Waziri stressed the importance of holding these external archaeological exhibitions as propaganda for Egypt and its ancient civilization abroad, pointing out that he was keen during the past days to follow up all the equipment related to the exhibition, including the museum display and insurance procedures, which contributes to the success of the exhibition and its optimal exit.--
The exhibition includes 600 artifacts
For his part, Moamen Othman, Head of the Museums Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the exhibition includes 600 artifacts selected from several museums around the world, and sheds light on Makkah Al-Mukarramah, the Grand Mosque in Mecca and Medina, daily religious rituals and the annual pilgrimage in Makkah Al-Mukarramah.-
18 Egyptian artifacts in the exhibition
He added that the Supreme Council of Antiquities is participating in the exhibition with 18 artifacts that highlight the distinctive characteristics of Islamic arts, which were selected from the collections of the Museum of Islamic Art, the Prince Muhammad Ali Palace Museum in Manial, and the Suez National Museum.
He pointed out that among these artifacts is the copper key of the Kaaba from the Mamluk era, a candlestick for the honorable Prophet’s chamber from the Mamluk era, part of the inner cladding of the Holy Kaaba, a copy of the manuscript of evidence of good deeds, a painting of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and another of the civil sanctuary, in addition to a curtain of decorated cloth. Inscriptions pertaining to Bab al-Tawbah from the reign of King Fuad I and other related artifacts.