As the battle for the soul of Egypt continues in a tense standoff in Tahrir Square, Cairo, here at the very heart of the revolution the Egyptian Museum remains intact.
The Egyptian Museum, Cairo
"The most important thing everyone needs to know is that the people in the streets defended the museums, monuments, and sites. When I came into work today, I had to pass through a checkpoint. When the men in the Popular Committees running the checkpoint saw me, they asked, “Sir, how is the museum?” These men may not know how to read or write, but they are worried about their cultural heritage."
Necklace of Neferuptah, Gold, carnelian, feldspar, glass paste,
12th Dynasty, Reign of Amenemhet III (1844-1797 BC) Middle Kingdom
Bracelets of Ramesses II, Gold, lapis lazuli,
Nineteenth Dynasty, Reign of Ramesses II (1290-1224 BC) New Kingdom
Scarab, Glass and gold,
Ptolemaic era (Greek 332-30 BC)