Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Egyptian exhibition on the alphabet

EPIGRAPHY: 'Sinai: The Origin of the Alphabet' exhibit on display at Egyptian Museum. A temporary exhibit on early alphabetic inscriptions in Egypt was inaugurated last night in celebration of Sinai Liberation Day (Nevine El-Aref, Al-Ahram).
Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and the head of a Bonn University delegation, Lodwing Morin, inaugurated a six-month-long exhibition at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo entitled ‘Sinai: The Origin of the Alphabet’ on Egypt’s early alphabetic inscriptions.

The exhibition, organised in collaboration with Bonn University, relates the history and development of the alphabet in southern Sinai.

Sabah Abdel-Razek, undersecretary of the Egyptian Museum for archaeological affairs, told Ahram Online that the exhibition displays early inscriptions that show the development of alphabetic writing in southwestern Sinai during the early second millennium BC, as well as a collection of 40 statues of deities and stelae in direct connection with Sinai.

The exhibition opened in late April. Related post here. Judging by the photograph of the inscribed stele, the exhibition also includes material from a lot later than the second millennium BCE.