Sudan Participates in “African Story of the Kings of Napata” Exhibition in Paris

The Exhibition is Considered one of the Most Important Forums to Highlight the Sudanese Civilization

Haffiya Abdalla

If you are in Paris or planning to visit the City of Light this summer, the Louvre Museum is allowing its visitors to immerse in of the most amazing chapters of Ancient Black History in Africa. Named Pharaoh Of The Two Lands – The African Story of the Kings of Napata, the exhibition in the famous French museum explores the significant influence of Black Pharaohs from the Kush civilization on Egyptian civilization and history.

Having reigned for nearly half a century, the names of these Black pharaohs, originally from present-day Sudan, are often overshadowed by those of Tutankhamen and Ramses II. However, their epics and conquests have nevertheless contributed to a “Renaissance” of ancient Egypt.

Acting Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Graham Abdel-Gadir and his accompanying delegation headed to France to participate in the King of the Two Lands exhibition, ” The African Story of the Kings of Napata” at the Louvre Museum in Paris from 28 April – 25 July 2022.

The exhibition is considered one of the most important forums to highlight the Sudanese civilization.

Countries that lent several artifacts for display participated in the exhibition besides the exhibition sponsors from commercial companies, French and American media, and the diplomatic corps in Paris.

The Minister inspects the Sudanese exhibits and discusses several issues with the relevant organizations and institutions.

The exhibition highlights the importance of this vast kingdom, located in what is now northern Sudan. It is organized in connection with the Louvre’s archaeological campaign in Sudan, which focused for ten years on the site of Muweis before moving some 30 kilometers northwards to El-Hassa, not far from the pyramids of Meroe. Pharaoh Of The Two Lands – The African Story of the Kings of Napata is available until July 25 and it is located at Hall Napoléon.

ln the 8th century BC, a kingdom grew up around the Nubian capital, Napata. In about 730 BC, the Nubian king Piankhy conquered Egypt and founded the 25th Dynasty of Kushite kings, who ruled for more than fifty years over a kingdom stretching from the Nile Delta to the confluence of the White and Blue Niles. The most famous of those kings is the pharaoh Taharqa.

The city of Napata was the religious center of the Kush kingdom. In Napata, several temples and monuments dedicated to the Egyptian gods were erected. Even pyramids similar to those of Egypt were also erected to become tubas for their kings.

Besides the opportunity to explore the era of ancient Egypt, which contributed to its continuity and greatness, the exhibition also offers its visitors the possibility to learn the specificities of the art of the Black Pharaohs. The Kushite dynasty left behind its atypical representations of the pharaonic face and personality.

The exhibition at the Louvre, Pharaoh of the two lands: The African story of the Kings of Napata, puts a spotlight on this period, which was prosperous despite a lengthy conflict with the Assyrians.

Running until July 25, the exhibition brings together artifacts and works from museums across the world. Many of the exhibited pieces are sourced from the excavations Louvre archaeologists conducted in Sudan over the past decade.

The exhibition doesn’t only focus on Taharqa’s reign. It goes back to the beginnings of the 25th Dynasty, when the armies of King Piye conquered Egypt in the 8th century BC, unifying two vast ancient kingdoms and extending the dominion of the Pharaohs.

The exhibition also marks the 200th anniversary of French archaeologist Jean-Francois Champollion deciphering hieroglyphics for the first time. A vast collection of hieroglyphics will be on display to honor his work.

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