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PHARAOH OF THE TWO LANDS - The African Story of the Kings of Napata Louvre Museum

28 Apr 2022 — 25 Jul 2022

In the 8th century BC, a kingdom expanded around the Nubian capital, Napata. In roughly 730 BC, the Nubian king Piankhy conquered Egypt and founded the 25th Dynasty of Kushite kings, who ruled for over 50 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.

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In the 8th century BC, a kingdom expanded around the Nubian capital, Napata. In roughly 730 BC, the Nubian king Piankhy conquered Egypt and founded the 25th Dynasty of Kushite kings, who ruled for over 50 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 exhibition highlights the importance of this vast kingdom, located in what is now northern Sudan. It's organized in connection with the Louvre’s archaeological campaign in Sudan, which focused for a decade on the site of Muweis before moving some 30 kilometers northwards to El-Hassa, not far from the pyramids of Meroe.

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