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Nubia: Christian Period and Today
The final section of the exhibit "Vanished Kingdoms of the Nile: the Rediscovery of Ancient Nubia" discusses the Christian Period (objects on the wall to the left), and the traumatic dislocation of the Nubian people as the rising waters of Lake Nasser began to threaten the ancient villages. The large round baskets and the brightly painted wooden henna container (gofad ) to the right are typical of today's Nubian handicrafts. The statue of the lion to the left illustrates how certain symbols bridged the transition from the pagan beliefs to the adoption of Christianity, for lion statues were placed before the doorways of pagan temples as well as the later Christian churches.
Revised: February 19, 2007