Pharaoh Exhibition at the Louvre: Journey in the Egyptian Desert

The Louvre Museum
Until July 25, 2022

Let us for a moment forget Ramses and others Tutankhamen. Let’s go back in time. 2700 years back in Egypt, or rather, in the heart of the Kingdom of the Two Countries, this vast territory, stretching from the Nile Delta to the confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile, uniting Egypt and the land of Kush, in the heart of the present Sudan. The Louvre Museum decides here to tell us the fabulous epic about the kings of Napata, who decided to recapture Egypt in the 8th century BC. From the start of the exhibition we are surrounded by walls of hieroglyphs, stelae and monumental statues in black granite, sphinxes, gold statuettes and other precious amulets, the Louvre offers to restore its noble letters to this forgotten dynasty, this prestigious line of Cushitic pharaohs, who unfortunately still today is one of the most misunderstood governments in ancient Egypt. Like explorers, we will be able to discover unpublished copies of the pharaohs of the day, the remains of which were discovered during excavations 20 years ago; fragments reconstructed by archaeologists who imagined what these statues might have looked like when they left the workshop of the Cushitic sculptors. A breathtaking crossing of the Nile Valley, this year, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone by Champollion …

What if you left the Seine and its riverboats for the tranquility of the Nile? During a lavish exhibition, the Louvre Museum goes up the longest feeder river in the world to reveal to us step by step the crazy African epic about the kings of Napata. A unique opportunity for the Parisian institution to reconstruct part of ancient history in the 8th century BC. and restore all its letters of nobility to this forgotten dynasty, which ruled for more than fifty years over a great kingdom stretching from the Mediterranean to the confluence of the White Nile. Steals, sphinxes, monumental statues and gold amulets … Through the selection of many treasures, the museum here restores all its splendor to this prestigious series of Cushitic pharaohs, who unfortunately are still one of the most unknown rulers today in ancient Egypt . The Louvre therefore orchestrates an unprecedented dive into the cave of the Kingdom of Nubia, attacking the emblematic personalities of the 25th dynasty, focusing on one of its most famous figures, the pharaoh Taharqa. Rich in hieroglyphs, the exhibition shows, for the very first time, the exact copies of the Doukki Gel statues, which can be reconstituted when they leave the workshop of the Cushitic sculptors, the extent to which Africa and more specifically the region of Sudan or Ethiopia were impregnated in pharaonic ideology, art and religion. A breathtaking crossing of the Egyptian desert, which coincides with a strange coincidence in the calendar with the anniversary of the 200th anniversary of the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone by Champollion …

Focus on … The Triad of Osorkon

The Louvre Museum’s absolute masterpiece of its collection reveals to the occasion this sumptuous sacred triad. Horus, the falcon-headed god, son of Osiris (god of resurrection) and Isis (goddess of motherhood) wears here Pschent, this double crown worn by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, symbolizing unity of royal power. This extremely precious jewel, composed of solid gold and lapis lazuli, testifies to the virtuosity of Egyptian goldsmiths in the third intervening period. A funeral amulet of great beauty, which, unlike apparently, does not exceed 9 cm in height!

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