The Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe Palace hosts currently a majestic, temporary exhibition: Until June 2017 the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe is home to a large special exhibition of Ramses the Great.
Exhibition at the Badisches Landesmuseum:
Ramses – Divine Ruler on the Nile
17.12.2016 – 18.6.2017
Ramses – Most powerful of all pharaohs
Ramses – his name is a symbol for Egypt like the pyramids: Ramses the Great was the most powerful of all pharaohs. Legends say that he had 100 children and was devoted as a god during his lifetime.
Pharaoh Ramses (1292–1190 BC) ruled over Egypt for 66 year, which was the longest ruletime of all pharaohs. He led his land out of decades of decades of crisis and into a prosperous cultural and economic period. After him, no other pharaoh ever achieved this again.
Ramses the Great had a high diplomatic talent, which resulted in the oldest written peace treaty in world history. He negotiated this treaty after the famous battle of Kadesh with the Hittites from Anatolia. At last, Ramses demonstrated his imperial power by building temple complexes and giant statues all over his empire: Abu Simbel, the Ramses Museum in Thebes and the columned court of the Luxor Temple.
Powerful Ramses stays in the Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe
Ramses surely would like his current home a lot: For the first time in Germany, the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe assigns a large special exhibition to Ramses the Great. The Ramses exhibition in the Karlsruhe Palace provides a remarkable impression of this ancient period in several artefacts – some of these have never been presented to the public:
- Models and over-dimensional stagings
- Small statues of strange gods & valuable gifts from the pharaoh to his neighbours
- Some of Ramses’ family members, e.g. his wife Nefertari or his son Chaemwese, are introduced with exclusive artifacts from their graves
- Text documents which proof the intensive diplomatic exchange between the Pharaoh and the emperors of the Near East
Moreover, the Ramses exhibition in the Landesmuseum shows the latest research results of the excavations in Ramses’ capital city Pi-Ramesse (House of Ramses).
All in all, the visitor gets a wide view of a fascinating personality and his time: Ramses as a family man, general, pharaoh, architect and god.
Images: Title image: Impression from the exhibition – view at the head of an early statue of Ramses II. image: Uli Deck, © Badisches Landesmuseum; Exhibition poster: Illustration: Danica Schlosser © Badisches Landesmuseum; Impression from the exhibition – view at a plaster cast of a colossal bust of Ramses II. image: Uli Deck, © Badisches Landesmuseum