DECEMBER 6, 2020 – MARCH 14, 2021
Statuette of Ahmose-Nefertari
Deir el-Medina
New Kingdom, 18th dynasty (ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E.) Wood
Cat. 1389
Museo Egizio, Turin, Italy

Nefertari was one of the most celebrated queens of ancient Egypt. The favorite wife of the great pharaoh Ramesses II (reigned about 1279–1213 BCE), she was highly regarded, educated, and could read and write hieroglyphs.

In 1904, the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli discovered Nefertari’s tomb—the most richly decorated in the Valley of the Queens, with brilliantly painted scenes depicting her perilous journey towards immortality.

With a selection of 230 works - musical instruments, bronze mirrors, boxes and precious jewelry - on loan from the unique collection of Museo Egizio in Turin (Italy), the exhibition explores the role of women in all spheres of ancient Egyptian society and highlights their roles in religion, life in the palace, and their beauty and adornment rituals. It offers a sweeping showcase of female power and influence during the height of ancient Egyptian civilization.

The exhibition is organized by the Museo Egizio, Turin, and StArt, in collaboration with the Kimbell Art Museum. It is supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District, and the Consulate General of Italy in Houston. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, NBC 5 and PaperCity.