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Harvard Treasures Tour: Re-creating the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres, at the Harvard Semitic Museum

Photo: Rus Gant.

Member Event

Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge MA

Members are invited to learn more about the Harvard Semitic Museum’s exhibit of the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres — a full-scale reproduction of an ancient Egyptian throne that dates to about 2550 BCE.

Staff and partners of the Giza Project, a nonprofit international initiative based at Harvard University, reconstructed the chair to document the ancient workflow that the Egyptians used to build such a masterpiece. Its materials are based on the ancient original: cedar, bright blue faience tiles, gold foil, gesso, cordage seating, and copper. This experiment in archaeological visualization is a triumph of reconstruction—the only guidance came from thousands of tiny, jumbled fragments and 90-year-old expedition records.

A staff member from the Harvard Semitic Museum will accompany us on the tour.

$5 for members. Registration required. There is a strict capacity of 15 participants for this tour. Due to the limited capacity, we cannot accommodate non-member guests.

Members can register here.

Email or call 617-495-4544 with questions.