Corinium Museum Welcomes A British Museum Spotlight Tour
The Corinium Museum is thrilled to announce that it will be hosting “A British Museum Spotlight Tour, A Greek in Egypt: the hunter from Naukratis”. The exhibition will run from 28th May until 17th July.
The hunter from Naukratis is a spotlight display developed by the British Museum to explore the encounter between the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece, Cyprus, Phoenicia, Persia, and Rome. At the dawn of the Classical Age, Egypt opened a port at Naukratis, welcoming the peoples of the Mediterranean to trade. There the Greeks were allowed to build sanctuaries in which to worship their gods, whilst nearby large Egyptian temples were also constructed.
The spotlight display will highlight the on-going British Museum excavations at Naukratis and show footage of underwater archaeology in the region. The hunter from Naukratis will coincide with the BP exhibition ‘Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds’ at the British Museum, on the underwater excavations of the contemporary Egyptian ports of Thonis-Herakleion and Alexandria.
Amanda Hart, Museum Director, said “It is such a privilege to have an object here associated with a major exhibition currently at the British Museum. It is surprising that a Cypriot figure coming all the way from Egypt has so much in common with our local sculpture collection. But you will have to visit the exhibition to find out why”.
Entry to the exhibition is free. The museum will also host a vibrant programme of family activities, talks and discovery zones to accompany the exhibition:
Hunting Dogs Family Drop-in, Tuesday 31 May, 10-11am
Roman Statues Discovery Zone, Tuesday 31 May, 11-12.30pm
Diana and Actaeon Masks Family Drop-in, Wednesday 1 June, 10-11am
Hunting Gods and Goddess of Corinium, Afternoon Talk with James Harris, Thursday 23 June, 2.30-3.30pm
To find out more about the British Museum Spotlight Tour and related events please go to www.coriniummuseum.org
‘The British Museum’s National Programmes are generously funded by the Dorset Foundation’
24 May 2016
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