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This exhibition presents more than 140 rare pieces on loan from the prestigious collections of the Louvre and the British Museum. It explores the relationship between power and knowledge in the world of Ancient Egypt, and the fascinating personality of Khaemouaset, the “father” of archaeology and son of the pharaoh Ramses II. This person and his contemporaries allow us to focus on the wealth of knowledge of the Egyptian elite and its considerable intellectual legacy. The exhibition combines seven themes :
The son of Ramses II
Khaemouaset was the third child that his queen gave to Ramses II. He had an older brother and sister, Ramses and Bentanat, but it was his younger brother Merenptah who became king of Egypt after the very long reign of Ramses II.
Prince and priest of the god Ptah
Khaemouaset was destined to become a priest and, as a young boy, went to live with the clergy of the god Ptah in Memphis. There he undertook to restore the funerary monuments of the old kings, a grand project of his father. His interest for the past gave him the reputation of the first archaeologist in history.
As grand priest of the god Ptah, Khaemouaset undertook enlarging and decorating his temple, but he is especially known for his implication in promoting the sacred bull Apis, the living representation of Ptah on earth. Under Khaemouaset’s direction, the Little Tombs were dug, to become the new places of burial for the mummies of the animal.
A man of wisdom and letters
Khaemouaset received a good education in letters and theology. The system of education was founded on learning to write by copying, among other things, the compiled wisdom of the Middle Kingdom. His interest in history was also evident in his project for developing and restoring the monuments in the plain of Memphis.
Egypt and science
Our first use of the word “science” referring to rational thought comes from the Greeks. However the ancient Egyptians had found ways of solving their problems. Thus mathematics were used to measure a pyramid or agricultural land, and observing the stars, for religious reasons, resulted in the discovery of the 365-day year.
The tomb of the prince
Furnishings from the tomb of Khaemouaset are preserved in the Louvre, but the tomb itself has never been found; the exhibition explores different hypotheses in connection with the search.
The memory that he left was so vivid that, long after his disappearance, he was still remembered, especially as a wise man, gifted with great scholarship. Nowadays, Isabelle Dethan, an author of comic books, has decided to bring him back to life and help renew the myth by inventing stories about him in a series Sur les terres d’Horus. The exhibition closes with an exhibit of the original drawings for this series.
Catalogue of the exhibition
320 pages, 350 photos. 30€
Khaemouaset, by the pen and brush of Isabelle Dethan
An exhibition in the exhibition…original comic book drawings
Free entrance, first come first serve in the space available on the second floor.
Friday November 4, 3:00-5:00 PM Isabelle Dethan, artist and author of comic books, will sign her books. Followed by a lecture-debate.
Saturday November 5, at 11:00 AM Discover the exhibition with Isabelle Dethan and Alain Charron (Egyptologist, exhibition commissioner). Free, no reservation necessary.
Egypt will be the theme of the 2016 edition of the Comic Book festival in Fontvieille. Meet Isabelle Dethan and Mazan on November 5 and 6. Information : 06.14.54.48.36/04.90.54.70.91