Luxor Times reports that photography will be once again allowed inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo with no date limitation. It is here to stay!
Dr. Khaled El-Enany, Director of the Museum, told Luxor Times that a photography ticket costing 50 Egyptian pounds (around £4.50 / US $6.40) will be available in the next few days.
Understandingly, flash photography is still forbidden, and the royal mummies room is off-limits for photographs.
In December, in a bid to boost tourism during Egypt's peak visitor season, photography was once again allowed inside the museum after being banned for years. It was a boon for those fortunate enough to be there to take advantage of the opportunity.
For those that can make it to Cairo, go crazy. And for those who can't, let's look forward to some fresh images of the priceless masterpieces housed at the museum, like the one pictured above.
This is the golden inner coffin of Yuya, father-in-law of King Amenhotep III, ca. 1370 B.C. Being the parents of Queen Tiye, Yuya and his wife Tjuiu were both honoured and privileged by being buried in the company of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.
Their largely intact tomb (KV46) was unearthed in February 1905 by James Quibell and Theodore M. Davis. Until the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, 17 years later in 1922, the tomb of Yuya and Tjuiu was arguably the most celebrated discovery in Egyptian archaeology.
A dramatic as Yuya's golden coffin was to the discoverers, they were in for a surprise when they lifted it clear of Yuya's mummy and looked underneath; it was lined with silver.
(Museum object number JE 95228).
Photo: Waleed Yassin