I, Taharqa, Pharaoh of the Two Lands, Exhibition, Louvre Museum, Paris: 27 April-25 July 2022

A journey to the heart of the African continent and its history. The Louvre Museum invites lovers of ancient history to discover an exhibition focusing on the most famous king of all, Nubia, and his extraordinary history.

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You know the story of Tutankhamun like the back of your hand. But have you ever heard of Taharqa's story? So let's do a little historical review: we are in the 8th century B.C., in Nubia, in a kingdom organised around its capital, Napata. Around 730 B.C., Piânkhi, the sovereign of this kingdom, left to conquer Egypt and established the dynasty of the Kushite pharaohs. A long-lasting dynasty, since for more than 50 years, his successors reigned over "a kingdom stretching from the Mediterranean to the confluence of the White and Blue Niles". And it is here that Taharqa, "Pharaoh of the Two Lands", also known as Oaikhaou (his name of Horus) and Nefertemkhoure (Nefertoum protects Rê, his name of king) enters the scene.

The exhibition highlights the role of this historical figure and of this vast kingdom, located in the center of present-day Sudan. Statues and other works of art await to immerse you in a history that dates back several millennia. An event not to be missed by Egyptology and history enthusiasts!

By Aidan McRae Thomson - https://www.flickr.com/photos/amthomson/24159494318/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91195639
By Aidan McRae Thomson - https://www.flickr.com/photos/amthomson/24159494318/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91195639
By Rama - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 fr, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74205647
By Rama - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 fr, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74205647
By EditorfromMars - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=93167515
By EditorfromMars - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=93167515

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