Tutankhamun's mask costs 200,000 Egyptian pounds.. Egypt's treasures in your home

 

Egypt's treasures in your home

Egypt has inaugurated a factory dedicated to making high-quality reproductions of ancient Egyptian pharaonic antiquities, from large statues to tomb finds that are considered archaeological treasures so that tourists can buy them.


The "Kunuz" factory, which covers an area of 10,000 square meters, includes more than 150 artists and restorers.

So far, it has produced 6,400 copies made of stone, wood, ceramic, and even gold and silver.


A factory dedicated to making high-quality reproductions of ancient Egyptian pharaonic monuments

Among the factory's most expensive masterpieces is a life-size copy of King Tutankhamun's funeral chair, which costs 140,000 Egyptian pounds ($8923), in addition to his gold-plated royal mask, which costs 200,000 Egyptian pounds ($12,748).


A factory dedicated to making high-quality reproductions of ancient Egyptian pharaonic monuments

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities inaugurated the factory in March of this year in the Obour city of Qalyubia Governorate, about 35 km northeast of Cairo.


A factory dedicated to making high-quality reproductions of ancient Egyptian pharaonic monuments

A statement from the ministry described the factory as the first of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East.

He added that the factory was established in response to a local and international demand for accurate and detailed reproductions of ancient Egyptian treasures.

Many of those reproductions will be sold at the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, which in April welcomed a procession of 22 royal mummies for a massive display attended by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and other officials.



Dr. Hani Ahmed Badr, Director of Technical Affairs at the Antiquities Reproduction Factory, confirms that each piece of art bears a special stamp from the Supreme Council of Antiquities, in addition to a certificate proving that it is an exact copy of the original antiquity.




He explains: "Our product is an exact copy of the original antiquity, in addition to that it is made with high-quality materials.


For example, we have a model like this.


Anubis is a piece like this that bears the seal of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and has a barcode and a certificate that this is a replica of the original antiquity. in other markets or in the local market.




He continues: "The materials that are made of are high-quality materials, the highest and purest materials, from which models are made...and they are materials that are very close to the ones with which the original trace is carried."



The presence of a digital barcode encoded for patterns on each piece means that when scanning this barcode with smart phones, it will display information about the antiquity, the materials from which it was made, and the location of the original artifact display.


The Egyptian authorities launched a large number of projects aimed at attracting tourists, after the valuable sector, whose revenues are a main source of hard currency for the country, was hit hard by the Corona virus pandemic, as revenues fell by about 70% in 2020.


Egypt expressed its optimism about the sector's recovery and said that the number of tourists began to increase gradually since January of this year and reached about half a million tourists per month.

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