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Friday, September 09, 2005

"Drive right up I-75, find a pharaoh's tomb"

The Dayton Art Institute is the current site of The Quest for Immortality, a travelling exhibit of Egyptian art and artifacts, the centerpiece of which is a faithful replica of the burial chamber of Thutmose III:

Go west into the desert to the Valley of the Kings. Trek through a seemingly endless valley until it dead ends into a sheer mountain wall. Climb a rickety staircase four stories high.Enter a narrow gorge in the rock. [...] It's less exhausting and expensive, if not as adventuresome, to hop in a car, drive to Dayton, park in the lot of the Dayton Art Institute, plunk down money for a ticket and step into the full-size replica of the burial chamber of Thutmose III that tops off the Quest for Immortality exhibit. "It is exact down to the cracks," says Alex Nyerges, the institute's director and CEO, pointing to a chunk missing from the bottom of a square pillar and the gaping lines crisscrossing the ceiling.
Full article here. The exhibition is on the road through 2007...


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