Exhibition: Elephantine

A special exhibition by the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in collaboration with the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)

Elephantine is a Nile island on the southern border of Egypt. As a trading and frontier center, it was home to a uniquely diverse multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious population. It is the only place in the world where cultural history can be 'read' from written sources over a period of 4.000 years. Thousands of texts have been preserved on papyrus or clay fragments in ten different languages and scripts (including hieroglyphs, Aramaic, Coptic, and Arabic). They are now held in 60 collections across 24 countries and have been deciphered, translated and digitally indexed in Berlin as part of a major European research project. In this first comprehensive presentation worldwide, outstanding artefacts from the Berlin collection are shown together with selected internationally renowned highlights. The diverse contents of the scripts are contextualized by archaeological finds and interpreted from a contemporary perspective. Experience the richness of Elephantine island on Berlin's Museumsinsel.


Date: 25 April - 27 October 2024

Time: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Venue: Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection &
James-Simon-Galerie
Bodestraße 1-3
10178 Berlin

Calendar: ICS/ICAl