Director of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo Visits the Giza Archives

May 4, 2009

Distinguished guests visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston all the time, but on Monday, May 4, we were especially fortunate to welcome Dr. Wafaa el-Saddiq, Director of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and her husband, Mr. Asmi el-Rabbat. After showing her award-winning documentary film, “Unlocking Pharaoh’s Cellar,” about the fabulous storage basement at the Museum, Dr. El-Saddiq joined us in the Giza offices to discuss collaboration between our two institutions.

Half of the Giza objects discovered by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition went to Cairo, while the other half came to Boston, as per a formal excavation contract with the Egyptian Antiquities Service (now Supreme Council of Antiquities). So it is only fitting to reunite this collection “virtually” on our Giza Web site, as well as add all the other Giza objects in the Cairo Museum from German/Austrian, Italian, and Egyptian expeditions.

Wafaa el Saddiq, Peter Manuelian, and Asmi el Rabbat at the Giza Archives, MFA Boston.

Wafaa el Saddiq, Peter Manuelian, and Asmi el Rabbat at the Giza Archives, MFA Boston.

For me personally, it was a privilege to welcome back a colleague whom I have known since we both worked together at Giza in the summer of 1977. We look forward to fruitful collaboration in order to make our spectacular Giza collections more accessible to the world community.

The world famous Egyptian Museum, Cairo welcomes well over 1 million visitors per year.

The world-famous Egyptian Museum, Cairo welcomes well over 1 million visitors per year.

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