The tomb of Nefertari in Leiden
The grave goods of the tomb of Nefertari, queen and wife of Ramses II (1279-1213 BC), is on loan for the exhibition “Queens of the Nile”, on view at the Rjiksmuseum in Leiden from the 18th of November 2016 until the 17th of April 2017.
The exhibition, first temporary show opening abroad for the Museo Egizio, aims at recounting the unique story of the ancient Egyptians pharaohs’ wives during the New Kingdom period, with a focus on the years 1500 to 1000 BC, a time in which queens used to exercise religious functions and sometimes even held politcal powers.
Visitors can admire 350 archeological objects of which 245 arrive from the collection of the Museo Egizio, including sculptures, jewelry, precious objects, as well as Nefertari’s sarcophagus lid and grave goods.
The tomb was discovered in 1904 by Ernesto Schiaparelli’s mission and the Italian Archaeological Mission, that worked in the Valley of the Queens between 1903 and 1905, bringing to light also other princesses’ tombs like Ahmose’s, related to the vizier Imhotep, and the offspring of pharaoh Ramses III.