Pharaoh: King of Egypt

The wonders of ancient Egypt are celebrated in this touring show of royal artefacts from the British Museum.

Ancient Egyptian, bronze figurine of a royal consort, 1069 - 656 BC © Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum

Ancient Egyptian, bronze figurine of a royal consort, 1069 - 656 BC

This is an unusual exhibition in that while many of the objects on display originated in the royal households of kings and queens, the predominant focus of the show is on the everyday lives of ancient Egyptians.

It reveals a society very different to the one promoted by its rulers. For all the life-size statues and exquisite jewellery designed to advertise the great wealth and might of the pharaohs on show, there is also a more intimate and domestic vision of this civilization.

From gardening to local entertainment, Egyptian life and culture is presented here to reveal a far more complex society than first imagined.

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It had been written on the back of the Harris Papyrus, so described because the collector Anthony Charles Harris bought it in 1855. It is thought to date back to the time of King Ramesses IV. 


Venue details

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Queen's Road Bristol BS8 1RL 0117 922 3571 www.bristol.gov.uk/museums

Entry details

Free entry with National Art Pass (standard entry £5)

Mon – Fri, 10 – 5pm

Sat, Sun, 10 – 6pm

Closed 25 – 26 Dec