N.Y. Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases Egyptian collection

NEW YORK -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art here assembled the "Egyptian Art

in the Age of the Pyramids," exhibit, the first major museum presentation from Egypt's Old Kingdom (ca. 2650 to 2150 B.C.).

The exhibit features masterpieces from 30 museums in 10 countries, including

the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. "Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids" includes some 250 works of sculpture and decorative art created for use in temples and tombs.

Tools used in the construction of the pyramids as well as a facing stone from the Great Pyramid at Giza are part of this compilation of masterpieces from Egyptian Dynasties III through VI.

The exhibit will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibit's only venue in the U.S., through Jan. 9.

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