The One for Whom the Sun Shines. Beautiful Companion. First Royal Spouse.
Nefertari was one of the most celebrated queens of ancient Egypt. The favorite wife of the great pharaoh Ramesses II (reigned about 1279–1213 BCE), she was highly regarded, educated, and could read and write hieroglyphs.
In 1904, the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli discovered her tomb—the most richly decorated in the Valley of the Queens, with brilliantly painted scenes depicting her perilous journey towards immortality. Schiaparelli also made significant discoveries in the nearby village of Deir el-Medina that reveal what daily life would have been like for the artisans who constructed Nefertari’s magnificent tomb.
The Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, holds one of the most important collections of ancient Egyptian works outside of Cairo. All the works in the exhibition are from this superb collection.
Step back in time to explore ancient temples, life in the royal women’s household and the artisan village of Deir el-Medina, rituals of death, and Nefertari’s resplendent tomb.