Pharaoh's Gold: 3,000 Years of Ancient Egypt

The exhibition is under the patronage of Tobias Hans, Minister-President of the Saarland.

Re is said to have stated:“My flesh is made of gold, my bones made of silver, and my hair made of real lapis lazuli.”

The term “divine gold” was in no way blasphemous in ancient Egyptian faith; rather, it reflected people’s steadfast belief that the flesh of the gods was made of the precious metal. Seen as a carrier of divine and royal power, as a symbol of stability and brilliance, as indestructible and imperishable, gold became the symbol of survival, eternity and immortality. In ancient Egypt, gold was associated with the brilliance of the sun and believed to be the substance from which the skin of the gods was made; it was also believed to be the material into which the pharaohs, as sons of the sun god, would eventually transform, thus overcoming their mortality. Ancient Egyptian gold was seen as a a symbol of immortality, as a sacred metal with magical powers that would protect its holders from harm. It was therefore something that kings, king's wives, princes and princesses, and later officials and subjects, would carry with them both in this world and in the hereafter, using it as a means not only of adornment but also of securing their power and rule in the afterlife. 


 

Pharaoh's Gold
3,000 Years of Ancient Egypt

Edited by Meinrad Maria Grewenig,
25 pages, four-coloured,
Edition Völklinger Hütte in the Cantz Edition
Catalogue in German
available in the exhibition and in our OnlineShop.

Price: 27,50 Euro,

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