Egyptian Papyri Art Secrets Unveiled in Sofia

Society | June 2, 2006, Friday // 00:00
Egyptian Papyri Art Secrets Unveiled in Sofia This papyrus depicting God Osiris and Goddess Isida, as well as many others dating to the pharaoh times of Ancient Egypt can be seen at Sofia’s National Library until June 20. Photo by Kameliya Atanasova (Sofia News Agency)

An exhibition showing ancient Egyptian papyri opened in Sofia's National Library.

"The eternal charm of Egyptian papyri" is organised by the Egyptian Embassy in response to the active interest of Bulgarians towards the history of this ancient civilisation.

Much of the knowledge of Ancient Egypt comes from papyri and tomb paintings, created as early as 4000 BC.

Papyrus is first known to have been used in ancient Egypt, but it was also widely used throughout the Mediterranean region, as well as inland parts of Europe and south-west Asia.

The Sofia exhibition, to stay open until June 20, unveils to its visitors various papyrus portraits dating from the pharaoh epoch and depictions of legends and religion of ancient Egyptians.

Bulgaria and Egypt have launched an exchange of cultural weeks in either country. The Egyptian Embassy will open its week of events in October, while Bulgaria will have a week of culture presentation in Cairo next year, the culyure Ministry announced.

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