Queen Nefertari arrives in Portland

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Exhibition at the Portland Art Museum until January 16, 2022

Statue of the goddess Mut, New Kingdom, 18th-20th dynasties, 1539 – 1076 BCE, part of Queen Nefertari’s Egypt in the Portland Art Museum until January 16, 2022 (PAM)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – There is one thing Queen Nefertari could do 3,300 years ago that you probably can’t do today: She could read and write hieroglyphics.

She used these skills to help the Pharaoh in his diplomatic work. Even though ancient Egyptian society was rigid in its class levels, women participated in everything: fields, courtrooms, temples, palaces.

Until January 16, 2022, the Portland Art Museum is hosting an exhibition titled The Egypt of Queen Nefertari. The exhibition “explores the role of women in religion, life in the royal women’s house and their beauty and adornment rituals,” officials said, including a glimpse into their notions of beauty with bronze mirrors , cosmetic powders and ointments.

His tomb, sometimes called the Sistine Chapel of Egypt, was rediscovered in 1904. The exhibit includes his burial chamber “with brilliantly painted scenes featuring winged gods and goddesses, animals, insects and hieroglyphics illustrating the intricate process of passing from underworld to eternal life” Portland Art Museum officials said in an outing.

The exhibition includes 220 works of art that take a look at royal life and the life of craftsmen. There are housewares, paintbrushes, draftsman’s sticks, axes, scissors, sketchbooks from ancient Egypt that combine to provide a glimpse into everyday life over 3,000 years ago.

“We are delighted to bring this incredible glimpse into the life of the ancient Egyptians to Portland through the exquisite craftsmanship of this exhibit,” said Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum.


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