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FERIARTE will be putting an Egyptian mummy on display for the very first time

For the first time in its 37-year history, the FERIARTE Art and Antiques Trade Fair will be exhibiting an Egyptian mummy. Dating back to the period between 700 and 300 BC, it will go on display at the J. BAGOT ARQUEOLOGÍA -4D01- booth. A recent osteo-archaeological study carried out on the mummy has identified it as a young woman, aged between 20 and 30, measuring 1.37 metres in height and 27 cm in width, presented in a polychrome, stucco-wood sarcophagus.

With this exhibit, FERIARTE, an IFEMA-organised event taking place from 16 to 24 November, will become a veritable archaeological museum for nine days, displaying not just hundreds of archaeological items but the art of mummification too.

Besides presenting the sarcophagus with the mummy, the J. BAGOT ARQUEOLOGÍA – ANCIENT ART gallery has also prepared a selection of ancient art works for the coming edition. Visitors, collectors and art lovers will be able to view items hailing from the world's most important ancient and classical cultures: Etruscan, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern, Pre-Colombian, Gandhara and Chinese. Notable items include, for example, a ceramic column krater from Greece dating back to between 530 and 520 BC; an Egyptian mask, from the late period (664 to 323 BC), in polychrome stucco wood measuring 28 cm, a bronze Aphrodite and a monumental 1.4-metre high, robed marble statue, both belonging to the Roman Empire period, 1st to 2nd century AD. There will also be a grey-stone Yoke from the south of Veracruz (Mexico), from between 600 and 900 AD., and a pair of terracotta horses from China, from the Tang dynasty, from between 618 and 907 AD.

ELISENDA BARBIÉ returns to FERIARTE with a spectacular display of archaeological items too, such as a high relief from an Egyptian sarcophagus, made from bronze and glass paste, dating back to the 12th-13th dynasties of the Middle Kingdom (1900 to 1600 BC), as well as a head of a female goddess, in white marble, from the Hadrian era, dating back to the middle of the 2nd century AD, and a false door for the Inspector of the Scribes, Djaty, made from limestone with remains of red and yellow polychrome, from the Old Kingdom, 6th dynasty (2400-2250 BC). There will also be a display of a white-marble Medusa head or Gorgoneion, from the 2nd to 1st centuries BC as well as a headless statue representing Bacchus as a youth, also made from white marble and dating back to the same period.

Meanwhile, JESÚS VICO, S.A., specialists in numismatics and archaeology, will be taking part in FERIARTE once again, offering such items as a stele from the New Kingdom of Egypt, from the reign of Amen-Hotep III (1360 B C), made up of two pieces with carved reliefs on yellow-reddish quartzite.

All these archaeological wonders will feature in the 37th edition of FERIARTE, alongside a further 18,000 items of high artistic value on offer at 80 booths in Hall 4 at Feria de Madrid, from 16 to 24 November. Furniture, classic antiques, clocks, porcelain, lamps, silver, glass, rugs and tapestries, African art, jewellery, architectural elements, scientific instruments, maps and other objets d'art confirm the quality and diversity of the fair. FERIARTE will also once again become an important meeting point for enthusiasts of painting and fine art from all periods, including prestigious contemporary Spanish and international artists.

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