Exhibition Review: Djehutihotep

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Djehutihotep

Djehutihotep, 100 years of excavations in Egypt
What: Museum exhibit on a century of archaeology in Egypt
Where: Ciquantenaire Museum, Etterbeek, Belgium (Egypt collection)
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The secondary Egypt exhibit at the Cinquantenaire Museum is accessible on both a Sarcophagi ticket, or a general admission one and is located on the top floor of the museum in their small Egypt collection section. Whilst their Egypt collection is amazing in its own right, displaying many pieces you won’t see anywhere else, it is treated a bit like the unfavored stepchild. Everything else is beautifully presented throughout the museum, yet these are all simple displays and often the light sucks, which is a shame. Some pieces have also been moved (possibly to Sarcophagi) leaving ugly empty gaps.

Djehutihotep, 100 years of excavations in Egypt

There are few displays of things actually found at the Djehutihotep site, most are statues like these.

If you have bought a Sarcophagi ticket, I would advise seeing the Egypt collection and Djehutihotep first because if you see them the other way around, because you will be totally underwhelmed if you see Sarcophagi first. Whilst Djehutihotep is interesting in itself, giving a nice glance in the archaeological process from back in the day, as well as their evolution on a particular site in Egypt. Especially the addition of tools from the early days were a nice touch, it is just too bad that the exhibit is tucked away in an almost forgotten corner of the museum.

Djehutihotep, 100 years of excavations in Egypt

Djehutihotep, 100 years of excavations in Egypt

Djehutihotep, 100 years of excavations in Egypt

For those interested in archaeology of Egypt and the history of archaeology, especially in Egypt, this is definitely a must-see.

Because the Egypt collection can be a bit challenging to find: turn left at the totem poles, go up the stairs at the Greek and Roman section, go up all the stairs and you can’t miss it.

Tomorrow: our review of Sarcophagi!

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