Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

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Relief of Queen Tiye, wife of Amenhotep Ⅲ New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Amenhotep Ⅲ, 1388-1350 B.C. Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, E.2157 © RMAH

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Splendid pyramids, tombs and palaces - the first things that come to mind when Ancient Egypt is mentioned. The ancient kings of Egypt known as pharaohs ruled their land for three millennia. And now thanks to the excavations and research, there has been a growing interest in the society and lives of the people of that ancient land. Research on the women of ancient Egypt and the roles they played in their society has advanced at a particularly fast rate. The women who supported the pharaohs acted not only as royal mothers and wives, they also bore major responsibilities in the political and religious life of their day. At times royal women ruled as queens, and at times, queens were deified as goddesses.
This exhibition focuses on the major roles played by women in the history of Ancient Egypt. Hetepheres was the mother of the pharaoh Khufu renowned as the builder of the Great Pyramid. Queen Hatshepsut ruled as pharaoh after the death of her husband. The talented Queen Tiye was a commoner who married a pharaoh. And Queen Nefertiti was renowned for her unparalleled beauty and was seen as the ideal woman. And last but not least, Cleopatra (Cleopatra Ⅶ) was the last queen of Ancient Egypt. This exhibition presents approximately 180 works, ranging from sculptures to reliefs and jewelry, borrowed from museums and private collections from 14 countries worldwide. This exhibition is an important opportunity to consider the Ancient Egyptian civilization ruled by the pharaohs as seen through its royal women.

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Lecture
Date: Oct.10 (Sat) 13:30-15:00 (Open from 13:00)
Location: B1 Lecture Room
Participants: 130 (First come first served).
Admission: Free
Please refer to the official site for further details.

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from October 10, 2015 at 10:00 to December 27, 2015 at 17:00
Closed on Mondays during exhibition period. Open on Oct.12 (Mon/hol) and Nov.23 (Mon/hol) but closed the following day.

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