Treasured Egyptian panels rarely viewed by the public will be seen for just 90 minutes when the Masonic Centre in Petersham opens its doors.
Once every year, people have the chance to see and hear a translation of what the panels mean – depicting the ancient and unique Egyptian Book of the Dead scenario in which Ani the scribe and his wife Thuthu present a scroll petition to the powerful god Osiris. The scroll of Ani is represented in the Egyptian Room at the Royal Arch Masonic Centre in New Canterbury Rd, Petersham.
One of Australia’s treasured icons, it was listed by the National Trust in 1979.
Originally created by eminent sculptor George Hoff in the Royal Arch Temple in College St, Sydney, in 1927, the ornate frieze was dismantled in the late 1960s and rebuilt on its present site in 1977.
Under the National Trust listing, the Egyptian Room is opened free to the public each year. Visit something rare and precious from 6pm on Friday, November 8 and take in a 90-minute presentation and explanation by experts, with translators also on hand. There are two flights of stairs to the Egyptian Room, but no disabled access at the moment.