The Cairo decided to lend to Paris the sarcophagus of pharaoh Ramses II in order to be exhibited for five months in the French capital, as part of an event dedicated to the most powerful of all rulers of the ancient Egypt.
The exhibition “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” started in San Francisco last year and will make its way to Sydney, Australia in the fall, but only Parisians will have the opportunity to admire the sarcophagus up close.
It will undoubtedly be the most important attraction of the exhibition, which will be hosted at the Parc de la Villette from April 7th to September 5th.
The sarcophagus with the cedar cover depicts the pharaoh Ramses II with his arms crossed on his chest, holding the scepter and the phrangium. At the level of the abdomen is inscribed “Ramses, the beloved of Ammon”.
He had not traveled outside of Egypt for nearly half a century. It was presented in Paris in 1976, as part of an exhibition dedicated to Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs of the 19th Dynasty who ruled for 67 years.
Source: News Beast
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