A Trip Back To The Past: Yuya and Toya masks in the Tahrir Museum

egypt Wed, Jan. 18, 2023
The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, one of the largest international museums, displays a large number of artifacts that exceed 50,000 pieces, in front of visitors, and among the unique pieces in the museum are the Yuya and Tuya masks, as the mummies of Yuya and Tuya were discovered wearing cardboard masks covered with gold leaf, and Yuya was the father of Queen T, King Amenhotep III's wife.

The masks of Yuya and Toya date back to the era of the New Kingdom, the eighteenth dynasty, the reign of Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC), and they were found in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir includes the largest collection of antiquities of ancient Egypt, as it contains more than 136,000 Pharaonic antiquities, in addition to hundreds of thousands of antiquities in its stores.

The Egyptian Museum consists of two floors, the ground floor of which is devoted to heavy antiquities "such as stone coffins, statues, paintings and wall inscriptions", while the upper one is devoted to light antiquities such as "manuscripts, statues of gods, royal mummies, antiquities of daily life, pictures of mummies, unfinished sculptures, statues and utensils of the Greco-Roman era, and antiquities of life beliefs." The museum also includes a huge number of Egyptian antiquities from prehistoric times until the end of the Pharaonic era, in addition to some Greek and Roman antiquities, including a group of pottery vessels (from prehistoric times). ), Narmer’s Salayah (the era of monotheism), the statue of Khasekhem (family 2), the statue of Djoser (family 3), the statues of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure (family 4), the statue of Ka’bar and the statues of the servants (family 5), and the statue of the dwarf Seneb (family 6), And the statue of Mentuhotep Nebhepetre (11th family), the statues of Amenemhat the First, the Second and the Third (12th family), the Elka statue of King Hor (13th family), the statues of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III (18th family), the Tutankhamun group (18th family), and the Tanis treasures collection , and jamu A large group of mummies from different eras.