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Join Larry Berman, Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, on a tour of the exhibition “Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs” – a journey through two thousand years of fascination with ancient Egypt. Visitors will enter through a reproduction of the Egyptian Revival gateway to New Haven’s Grove Street Cemetery (designed by Henry Austin in 1839). Highlights include a section on the examination of the meaning and changing uses of hieroglyphs, together with an exploration of Egyptosophy, the use of the magic and religious symbolism of ancient Egypt in later cultures. And, of course, no display on Egypt would be complete without mummies, here not treated as oddities but explained as examples of the Egyptian fascination with regeneration through decay. The exhibition includes objects from collections at Yale and around the world, including a unique copy of a medieval Arabic attempt to translate hieroglyphs (on loan from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France) that has never before been seen in the United States.

Meet at the Yale Peabody Museum for the tour; then go on to the Yale University Art Gallery to see their newly renovated galleries that opened last December to much acclaim.

This is a private event for Lotus Society participants.

RSVP: Friends-LotusSociety@mfa.org