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A stunning collection of several hundred rare Egyptian artifacts, some dating back 7,000 years, is poised for public display until May.

For the next three years, Swansea University's Egypt Centre will showcase 800 items on loan from the Harrogate Museum, offering a unique opportunity for analysis by the university's experts to enhance our comprehension of antiquity.

These artifacts, spanning between 1,400 to 7,000 years in age, hail from diverse corners of the ancient Egyptian world.

Despite their diverse origins, Dr. Ken Griffin, curator at the Egypt Centre, emphasized their unifying link: the Egyptians' fervent desire for their names to endure through the ages.

The inaugural exhibition of 30 items, titled "Causing Their Names to Live," reflects this intrinsic bond. Dr. Griffin highlighted the prevalence of phrases related to immortalizing their names across the artifacts.

Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Griffin dismantled the myth of tombs being laden with curses to deter visitors, asserting that the Egyptians encouraged visits to honor and remember them.

The collection encompasses an array of artifacts, including coffin fragments, funeral cones marking tomb entrances, shabti sculptures representing the individual's living form, and stelae depicting events from their lives.

A remarkable centerpiece of the exhibition is a seated stone statue of Senetre, daughter of the Egyptian scribe Nebamun, urging people to remember her father.

Dr. Griffin underscored two crucial aspects revealed by the statue: the use of remembrance as a means of dynastic control for esteemed families like Nebamun's and the perilous nature of life, even for high-born individuals like Senetre.

Furthermore, Dr. Griffin stressed the importance of collaborative efforts in advancing our understanding of Egyptology. He likened the interpretation process to a complex puzzle, emphasizing the necessity of sharing collections among institutions to enrich collective knowledge.

The loan coincides with the Egypt Centre's 25th anniversary, signifying a significant milestone in their journey. Despite their smaller scale compared to institutions like the British Museum, the Egypt Centre offers a distinct advantage by making the majority of its 7,000 artifacts available for viewing by appointment, with 2,000 items permanently exhibited. Photo by ISSoDD, Wikimedia commons.