Sergio G. García

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Mallorcan residents can enjoy until 7 January 2023, a macro exhibition  to celebrate two important events in the development of the science of Egyptology: 200 years since the decipherment of the hieroglyphic language thanks to the Rosetta Stone, and 100 years since the discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

The exhibition is held at the Centre for History and Military Culture of the Balearic Islands on Calle San Miguel 69, organized with Fundación Sophia’s collections of Egyptian art reproductions. It also includes several recreations and dioramas of Egyptian tombs, videos, virtual reality experiences, workshops and guided tours for schools and groups interested in this fascinating civilisation. Admission is free and it will be open until 7 January 2023, Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 6 to 8 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 2 pm. More information on www.fundacionsophia.com

The exhibition "Treasures of Egypt" is curated by Javier Vilar, Egyptologist and president of Fundación Sophia. "We want to share with the Mallorcan society and the tourists who visit us, the passion for Egypt, which gave birth to a civilization that still marvels us today with its mysteries, its attractiveness and its longevity," he explains. "We thank the Centre for Military History and Culture of the Balearic Islands for hosting this important event and the collaborating companies for their essential support in making this cultural and educational project a reality: Maderas Servera, Mastic, La Filadora and Vestalia," he added.

The funerary mask of Tutankhamun is one of the star pieces of the exhibition "Treasures of Egypt". Photo Nacho Valentia - Fundación Sophia.

Palma hosts an impressive exhibition of archaeological reproductions, produced in the fine arts workshop of Fundación Sophia in Palma, to commemorate the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and the 200th anniversary of the decipherment of the hieroglyphs thanks to the Rosetta Stone.

This exhibition will bring you closer, through more than 120 archaeological reproductions and information panels, to one of the most fascinating civilizations of humanity, in an extraordinary space, the cloister of the old convent of Santa Margarita in the heart of Palma.


Opening hours:
Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to
1:30 pm and from 6 to 8 pm
Saturdays from10:30 am to 2 pm.
Open until 7 January 2023

Entrance free

Visitas Guiadas:
Con el comisario de la exposición,
el egiptólogo Javier Vilar.
Lunes 5, 12 y 19 de diciembre
miércoles 28 de diciembre y 4 de enero
a las 18h:
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Museo de Historia y Cultura Militar
Calle San Miguel 69 - Palma


The reproduction of Tutankhamun's throne on display in Palma was made in the fine arts workshop of Fundación Sophia by cultural volunteers, with the advice of Spanish Egyptologists. Photo Nacho Valentia - Fundación Sophia.

Egyptologist Javier Vilar has made regular trips and study expeditions to the land of the pharaohs for more than two decades and has given courses and lectures on the subject in Spain, México, Honduras and Guatemala. "After decades of teaching the history, language, art and religion of Ancient Egypt, it is a pleasure for me to present this didactic and experiential exhibition in Mallorca, which I hope will arouse the interest and curiosity of visitors," he says.

Among the pieces to be highlighted are the reproductions of Tutankhamun's throne, sarcophagus and funerary mask, the Seated Scribe and a life-size reproduction of the Rosetta Stone, which, like the rest of the collection, were made by cultural volunteers at the Fundación Sophia's fine arts workshop in Palma. Children will also be able to enjoy a space to write their name in hieroglyphics, while adults will be able to deepen their knowledge with the exhibition's information panels, lectures, guided tours with the curator of the exhibition and various specialised workshops that have been organized around this exhibition. More information on www.fundacionsophia.com

The mummification is one of the scenes in the "underworld" section of the exhibition that does not go unnoticed. Photo Nacho Valentia - Fundación Sophia.

It has taken a year and a half for the volunteers of the Fundación Sophia's fine arts workshop to faithfully reproduce the pharaoh's throne, one of the main pieces of the traveling exhibition "Treasures of Egypt".

The original throne of Tutankhamun is made of wood decorated with gold leaf, silver, glass paste and semiprecious stones such as lapis lazuli and measures 53 cm wide x 65 cm deep and 104 cm high. It is currently one of the most attractive pieces of the Cairo Museum, as part of the funeray goods discovered by the English Egyptologist Howard Carter on November 4, 1922.

The reproduction made in Palma de Mallorca has the same dimensions and has been made of wood, also decorated with gold leaf and silver leaf, faithfully representing the original details. The glass paste and semi-precious stones have been reproduced with different materials, skillfully painted to get as close as possible to reality.






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