Due to the current situation caused by Covid-19, curatorial tours are not permitted in many cultural institutions. Tthe museum is not allowed to have its own website. To solve this problem, we have created a video-guide which is available online at Instagram via IGTV. The videos can be watched parallel to the exhibition visit and so guided tours can take place digitally. This also supports the social media account of the museum.
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Due to economic measures this exhibition had to recycle many elements from the previous one. This resulted in many different creative ways of presenting the contents in a in different ways thereby guiding the visitor through the exhibition. The safety construction scaffolding also had to be included in the design as well.

The ancient Egyptians manifested themselves “for eternity” through the hieroglyphs carved in stones. This is also how the font “Capitalis monumentalis” was created in antiquity. It was carefully carved in stone with a chisel, from which our choice of typeface for this exhibition was derived: “Bembo Std”
In order to show the stone vessels in their naturalness to the visitor, the large curtains were opened for this exhibition, allowing daylight to enter. The L-shaped exhibition extends over a total of 620 square meters.
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More than 6000 years ago, the Egyptians invented a technique with which even the hardest stones could be drilled into. For the first time, the usual clay vessels could be made of stone. Sturdy “for eternity”, stone vessels were the ideal burial objects for rulers and highest officials. The Egyptians’ claim to eternity finally made stone vessels so typical of their culture that they were popular throughout the entire 4000 years of their history, also as valuable export articles for the entire ancient world.
As luxury products they were burial objects in the graves of kings and highest officials. Between 3300 -2600 BC many impressive compounds in the burial centres of Abydos and Saqqara (Egypt) we’re build. During the excavations of these and the gigantic royal tombs several thousand were found. This points to countless, well-organized special production sites. What knowledge was behind it and what effort the Egyptian craftsmen put into it is clearly shown by recent and for the first time successful experiments in experimental archaeology.
Produced in the highest quality and in certain masses, stone vessels have always been export hits and have been found in virtually all centres of the entire ancient Mediterranean world. Exports of very different Egyptian stone vessels as well as their local imitations were discovered in recent years during the excavations of the intact royal tombs in the trading metropolis of Qatna (Central Syria, 2nd millennium BC). In these as well as in the tombs of Egypt, the purpose of the stone vessels was always to provide the products they contained – food, drinks, cosmetics – to the deceased in the hereafter … “for eternity”.
In addition to all these topics, the first volume of the AEGYPTIACA KESTNERIANA presents previously unpublished stone vessels in the Museum August Kestner – stock and numerous permanent loans – as well as in the CHEPERI COLLECTION, a private collection from northern Germany, which has never been shown to the public.