Sahure: Death and Life of a Great Pharaoh: From June 24 to November 28, 2010 the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung will present the exhibition Sahure – Death and Life of a Great Pharaoh.
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Sahure: Death and Life of a Great Pharaoh
Sahure: Death and Life of a Great Pharaoh
Sahure: Death and Life of a Great Pharaoh

June 24 to November 28, 2010 at Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung in Frankfort

From June 24 to November 28, 2010 the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung will present the exhibition “Sahure – Death and Life of a Great Pharaoh.” Ruling Egypt from about 2428 to 2416 BC, Sahure was a both politically and culturally outstanding king of the Fifth Dynasty and thus a prominent representative of the Old Kingdom, the “Age of the Pyramids.”

Amongst all known pyramid complexes, that of Sahure in Abusir near Cairo, which boasts several superlatives, takes a special position. The intricate architecture with a total length of just under 500 meters reveals a pure, classical form of strict axiality and perfection. The walls are decorated with 10,000 square meters of royal relief art.

The finds made so far can be assembled to the most beautiful and abundant picture book of the Old Kingdom. With high-caliber originals – reliefs, architectural elements, sculptures, vases, and valuable papyruses – from international museums such as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection in Berlin, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the show gives evidence of the worship this great Egyptian pharaoh enjoyed. A special chapter of the exhibition will be dedicated to the scientist and explorer Ludwig Borchardt, who discovered Sahure’s pyramid complex in the early twentieth century and from whose excavations important reliefs from Sahure’s temple complex came into the possession of the Liebieghaus in the course of the finds’ distribution. Historical documents, diaries, and drawings convey a comprehensive picture of the fascinating excavation history of Sahure’s pyramid temple which began more than one hundred years ago and still continues today.

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