Egypt found on display in Rovigo – Rovigo

Rovigo – When Giuseppe Valsè Pantellini during his exile in Cairo bought the New Hotel, which was added the Hotel d'Europe, he never imagined that those elegant structures that welcomed, among the illustrious clients, even famous Egyptologists would have contributed one day to his reputation as an entrepreneur and to the creation of a very rich Egyptian collection right in the heart of Rovigo, his hometown.
In 1877, in fact, the fame of the entrepreneur had become such that the then president of the Academy of Concordi di Rovigo, Lorenzoni, turned to the talented fellow citizen in the attempt to create an Egyptian museum in the Venetian city .

Many of those 500 precious finds that Pantellini, between 1878 and 1879, gathered and sent to Rovigo in five capacious cassoni can be admired today in an exhibition at Palazzo Roncale, entitled Egypt found. The Valsè Pantellini collection .

To welcome visitors who from 19459002 13 April to 1 July will cross the gate of the sixteenth century noble palace of the city, there will also be Meryt and Baby, the two "mummies of Rovigo" The public will have the privilege of observing Cinzia Oliva, one of the leading experts in the sector in Italy, working at the Egyptian Museum in Turin, on the action on the two bodies from the past one thousand years ago.This would be a young woman and her child ( or girl), the protagonists of a scene of great tenderness.The little Baby would have been originally supine on the body of the young woman, as if to make sense of a protective relationship that united mother and son in their eternal sleep. two were "separated" and Baby now rests at the feet of Meryt After arriving in Italy, Meryt's mummy would have been tampered with in an attempt to steal the amulets that were placed between the body and the bandages.
Al contrary to the remains of the girl, those of Meryt, in particular the face, present themselves in a better state of conservation. The child – who could reserve the greatest surprises – is still completely blindfolded and covered by a light shroud that reveals the position of the arms and the fragile wrists. Experts leave open all hypotheses, including that which the mummy may belong to a non-human.

The selection of artefacts from the Egyptian Heritage collection of the Accademia dei Concordi consists of pieces covering a period of time between the Protodynastic and the Ptolemaic-Roman Age.

In addition to the two mummies, the path contains some the strong pieces of the collection, such as the wooden box for ushabti – small statues indispensable part of the funerary equipment – in the form of a sarcophagus, belonging to the prince Iahmes Sapair, a family stele datable to the late Medio Regno, a series of votive bronzes of divinity and numerous funerary statues, among which twelve specimens datable to the XXV Dynasty or to the Napatean Age.

And the visitor's journey continues to discover amulets dating back mainly to the Late Ages, between a painted wooden sarcophagus mask and a fragile container for women's cosmetics.

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