"The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt" Exhibition
Ancient Egyptian society in the Nile valley was one of the oldest civilisations in the world. The fertile Nile flood plain gave the inhabitants the opportunity to develop a settled agricultural economy and a sophisticated, centralised society, which became a cornerstone in the history of human civilisation.
Ancient Egypt holds an enduring fascination for people around the world. Early investigation of Egyptian mummies required them to be unwrapped, which might lead to certain damage to the bodies. However, the advent of sophisticated imaging techniques has virtually eliminated the need to disturb their coverings. This exhibition employs the latest computerised tomography (CT) scanning technology to study Egyptian mummies in the British Museum's collection, allowing researchers to gain new insights into the funerary traditions in the Nile valley. These findings have inspired further research, which in turn, has revealed more about life in ancient Egypt.
This exhibition is solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. It introduces six Egyptian mummies between 3,000 and 1,800 years old. Along with the mummy displays and around 200 invaluable objects, digital interpretation of the mummies demonstrates how non-invasive CT allows archaeologists and other specialists to determine the age and gender of the mummified bodies, and to learn more about the diet, state of health, mummification process and religious practices of the ancient Egyptians. In order to further enhance the visitor experience and provide an in-depth understanding of the meaning of the afterlife in ancient Egyptian society, the Hong Kong Science Museum has designed and developed a multimedia programme and a series of interactive exhibits using the latest technologies, such as 3D projection mapping, virtual reality and holograms, to decipher the myths behind the statues and symbols, and to comprehensively illustrate the technological development of ancient Egypt.
Exhibition Period: 02-06-2017 (Fri) – 18-10-2017 (Wed)
Jointly presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Trustees of the British Museum