02/06/2007

The black Pharaoh’s

The black Pharaoh’s

1 Oushebti de Senkamanisken 12 Girafe ailée en ivoire

Oushebti de Senkamanisken & Girafe ailée en ivoire
ohotos de M. Lechien

The exhibition is bringing the visitor out of the time because it goes over all we have learned about Pharaoh of Egypt when the kings were going out to make war and take some part of land outside like collecting some treasures from the country of Kush.

All our school books stop at the lost battles of Egypt, the roman invaders coming in ant the death of Queen Cleopatra. They never mention that the daughter of same Cleopatra, the young Cleopatra-Selene became the queen of Juba, the roman king of the North African territory of Algeria. The marvellous site of Tipasa is still giving proofs and telling the story about.

In the southern Nubian desert it generated a personal civilisation and during the time of ancient and new Egyptian empire it was the source of more changes and created a rather personal civilisation. At the end of its personal 25th dynasty the Nubian kingdom conquered Egypt till the Mediterranean coasts and their kings became the black pharaohs, they lost this territory soon and went back to their desert and their city of Meroe became a legend...

The country of Kush so named by the Egyptians became the Ethiopia of the Greek and Roman people. It was a rich country where to find ebony wood, ivory, incense, feline’s skins. It was a king of rich colonial territory that still remained apart from Egyptian civilisation. The way to go there was a very long track called the 40 days track in the middle of the desert space and lots of traces and objects were found along it. The Nubian civilisation and culture was revealed by the exploration of that specific track.

If the exhibition shows a lot of marvellous ceramic pieces and photographs, it must be pointed out that it is a modest one because it almost settled in one level of the Museum and the presentation is a bit restricted. On the contrary, the catalogue is a true history manual speaking about the most recent researches as well as those from the last centuries.

Directed by Marie-Cecile Bruwier, the scientific responsible master of the Museum, this catalogue, or better book, contains lot of pictures including the photographs of Claude Iverné. I also traced the name of Albert Burnet whose articles were very popular some 30 years ago and with whom I had some arguments regarding Egypt at the time. Any way, this is a top point exhibition your have to visit, absolutely.

Anita NARDON

Musée Royal de Mariemont

Till September 2 2007
Every day from 10am to 6pm
except on Monday if not banking holiday.


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