For Immediate Release
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.