Exhibition Animals and Pharaohs
The Animal Kingdom in Ancient Egypt
from March 31, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Élément de meuble (lit ?),
© Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN-GP / B. Soligny / R. Chipault
This exhibition is organized by the Musée du Louvre-Lens and the Fundación “La Caixa”, with the exceptional contribution of the Musée du Louvre.
It was made possible by the Total Foundation, its primary donor.
Revealing every facet of the exceptional bond between the Egyptians and the animal world, the exhibition resurrects wildlife that has now largely disappeared, and recalls its essential role in pharaonic civilization.
From an amulet in the shape of a frog to the monumental baboon sculpture of the Obelisk of Luxor, through to a snake coffin or ibis mummy; there is a collection of more than 430 objects, most of which come from the Louvre collection. Some of the works, on an exceptional basis, come from the storage rooms of the Musée du Louvre. Some have never been exhibited, or very rarely.
The central theme of the animal figure allows many aspects of Egyptian civilization to be seen, such as livestock, writing, the deities, or even funeral rites. It also covers the entire chronology, from the end of prehistory to Romanization.
Hélène Guichard, Musée du Louvre, assisted by Catherine Bridonneau and Fanny Hamonic.
From March 31, 2015 to August 23, 2015
From September 22, 2015 to January 10, 2016
From December 5, 2014 to March 9, 2015
Musée du Louvre-Lens