The quest for immortality now at the national gallery in washington dc is an eye popping collection of famous items and unseen wonders from cairos egyptian museum with the images fresh in your mind of the originals use the catalog articles to expand your knowledge of queen ahhotep and her jewels or the beauty of nakhtmins wife. The ancient egyptian concept of the afterlife was dramatically illustrated by the quest for immortality treasures of ancient egyptconsidered the largest group of antiquities ever on loan from egypt for exhibit in north america the exhibition included approximately 107 magnificent works ranging from monumental stone sculptures of egyptian royalty and deities to such luxurious tomb . The quest for immortality treasures of ancient egypt is one of the largest and most elaborate traveling exhibitions the museum has ever hosted artifacts from the egyptian museum in cairo the luxor museum and the sites of tanis and deir el bahari many never before seen outside of egypt showcase the period of the new kingdom 1550 1069. The quest for immortality is the gallerys fourth exhibition dedicated to the ancient art of egypt tutankhamun treasures 1961 included 34 small objects and the renowned blockbuster treasures of tutankhamun included 55 objects and attracted 835924 people to the gallery in 1976 1977 before traveling to chicago new orleans los. With contributions by betsy m bryan terence duquesne fayza haikal and erik hornung wachington national gallery of art 2002 256 pthe quest for immortality combines aesthetically fine examples of egyptian art with a fascinating glimpse into what the ancient egyptians believed would occur in the world to which they journeyed after death
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