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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Media Contact

Katrina Harmon

(304) 561-3543


Upcoming Clay Center exhibit brings ancient Nubian culture to Charleston

Lost Kingdoms of the Nile: Nubian Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston opens Sept. 12

(Charleston, W.Va.) 5/19/09 – Explore one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. The Clay Center

is one of only two venues in the entire nation to present Lost Kingdoms of the Nile: Nubian Treasures

from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 12 through April 11, 2010.

Consisting of more than 200 objects ranging in date from 3000 B.C. to 350 A.D., this monumental

exhibition provides unprecedented insight into ancient Nubia, the extraordinary African civilization that

ruled Egypt in the 25 th Dynasty. Photographic murals from the early 20 th century Harvard-Boston

Expedition tell remarkable stories of the discovery of these artifacts.

“Lost Kingdoms of the Nile will be one of the most fascinating exhibitions the Clay Center has ever

presented. It is a rare opportunity to have an incredible exhibit such as this here in our region,” said Clay

Center President and CEO Judy Wellington. “Much about the ancient Nubian civilization is relatively

unknown to most people. Visitors and their families can look forward to many different kinds of

educational programming, so that every visit will be a unique learning experience.”

Nubia, the homeland of several ancient African kingdoms, is a vast region in the area of today’s northern

Sudan and southern Egypt. It was an important force in the ancient Nile Valley, and its history paralleled


Highlights of the exhibition include:

• An exquisite golden royal diadem (crown or headband) 435-431 BC, which was reconstructed

in its entirety for the first time.

• A chorus of 7 th century BC, stone shawabti (30), statuettes placed in tombs to perform labor in

the next world on behalf of the deceased Nubian kings

• Five foot granite statue of Nubian King Senkamanisken, 642-623 BC – Once freed from the

restrictions of the Egyptian pharaonic legacy, artists in the Napatan Period were able to depict

rulers more realistically; African facial features are apparent in this statue.

• From the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, the Coffin of Neskashuti – This colorful

coffin belonged to a priest (Divine Father of Min) named Neskashuti. The broad facial features

and sculptural design are typical of coffins of the Nubian Dynasty.


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Throughout the duration of the exhibit, the Clay Center will provide corresponding lectures by Nubia

scholars and archeologists from across the country, performances, films, workshops and demonstrations

to cover different aspects of Nubia culture and history.

Lost Kingdoms of the Nile was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Funding for the exhibit

has been provided by the West Virginia Office of Culture and History and the West Virginia Humanities


For more information, visit www.theclaycenter.org, or call 304-561-3570.

Clay Center • One Clay Square • Charleston, WV 25301 • (304) 561-3570 • www.theclaycenter.org

NOTE: Electronic images are available upon request.

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