“An authentic fake: The statue of Neshor”
Between the pharaoh's face and the rest of the statue, the connecting point between the ancient and modern is easily distinguishable - the modern fragment has been joined with a dark-coloured painted resin to match the stone.
Since Egypt opened up to the West in the early 19th century and the first major European collections were formed, a flourishing antiquities market developed in the country. Many fakes also began to circulate. These can be found in all collections, including that of the Museo Egizio. These are often crude copies with fancy hieroglyphs, but some are made with enough skill to even fool some experts. Some of these forgeries are on display, find out what they are and how to recognise them.
Federico Poole will take you on a tour of the new exhibition in two special tours on Tuesday 22nd of August and Tuesday 5th of September at 4.30 pm. Click HERE to book your place.