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In pictures: Egypt marks 116th anniversary of national museum in Cairo

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square is home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. It displays 120,000 artefacts, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms. The museum was first build in 1835 near the Ezbekeyah Garden and later moved to the Saladin Citadel of Cairo.

In pictures: Egypt marks 116th anniversary of national museum in Cairo
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo during a ceremony celebrating the 116th anniversary of the museum.
In pictures: Egypt marks 116th anniversary of national museum in Cairo
The Gilded Cartonnage Mask of Yuya (R), a powerful Egyptian courtier during the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt, and the Gilded Cartonnage Mask of Thuya (L), an Egyptian noblewoman and the wife of Yuya, on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo during a ceremony celebrating the 116th anniversary of the museum.
In pictures: Egypt marks 116th anniversary of national museum in Cairo
The mummy of Thuya, an Egyptian noblewoman and the wife of Yuya, on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo during a ceremony celebrating the 116th anniversary of the museum. The Mummy was embalmed in a classic' way, with the brain removed through the nose by breaking through the ethmoid bone into the skull. Resin was poured into his cranium to support and disinfect it. He was eviscerated from the left side and the embalming cut was covered by an oval gold plaque. The eye orbits were filled with resin-smeared linen, and some linen was introduced into the neck and throat to support it, and also into the torso to give it shape. The skin is lightly painted with resin.
In pictures: Egypt marks 116th anniversary of national museum in Cairo
Statues of Yuya and Thuya on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo during a ceremony celebrating the 116th anniversary of the museum.
In pictures: Egypt marks 116th anniversary of national museum in Cairo
Papyri of Yuya and Thuya on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo during a ceremony celebrating the 116th anniversary of the museum.
In pictures: Egypt marks 116th anniversary of national museum in Cairo
The mummy of Thuya, an Egyptian noblewoman and the wife of Yuya, on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo during a ceremony celebrating the 116th anniversary of the museum. The Mummy was embalmed in a classic' way, with the brain removed through the nose by breaking through the ethmoid bone into the skull. Resin was poured into his cranium to support and disinfect it. He was eviscerated from the left side and the embalming cut was covered by an oval gold plaque. The eye orbits were filled with resin-smeared linen, and some linen was introduced into the neck and throat to support it, and also into the torso to give it shape. The skin is lightly painted with resin.