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December 7, 2013 – January 3, 2016
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive & 12th Street, SW
Location: West Corridor
Beautiful and majestic, the mighty Nile River inspired ancient Egyptian artists and craftsmen for more than four millennia. On view are exceptional artifacts from the Freer Gallery's collection. Made of glass, wood, and stone, these objects illuminate the important role water animals played in ancient Egyptian religion and concepts of the afterlife. Other highlights include a masterfully rendered pharaonic head from the third millennium BCE and a selection of extraordinary glass decorated with wave patterns that recall the Nile. Together they evoke the power and enduring fascination of this waterway.