“You are the mistress of the earth […] you made the power of women equal to that of men.”

Hymn to the goddess Isis, collected in the Papyrus of Oxyrhynchus XI, 1380, 219. 2nd century B.C.
Daughters of The Nile. Women and society in Ancient Egypt is the largest exhibition organized in Spain on the role of women in ancient Egypt, with more than 300 pieces from 12 countries. The works have been loaned for the exhibition by 27 museums, collectors and institutions, both national and international, and many of them are being shown in Spain for the first time. Organized by the EULEN Group and curated by Esther Pons and Nacho Ares, the exhibition will be open to the public at Palacio de las Alhajas, in Madrid, from June 10 to December 31 2022.

_RELIEF DEPICTING A PTOLEMAIC QUEEN_
Limestone / Ptolemaic period (332-30 BC)
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

“You are the mistress of the earth […] you made the power of women equal to that of men.”

Hymn to the goddess Isis, collected in the Papyrus of Oxyrhynchus XI, 1380, 219. 2nd century B.C.

_RELIEF DEPICTING A PTOLEMAIC QUEEN_
Limestone / Ptolemaic period (332-30 BC)
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Daughters of The Nile. Women and society in Ancient Egypt is the largest exhibition organized in Spain on the role of women in ancient Egypt, with more than 300 pieces from 12 countries. The works have been loaned for the exhibition by 27 museums, collectors and institutions, both national and international, and many of them are being shown in Spain for the first time. Organized by the EULEN Group and curated by Esther Pons and Nacho Ares, the exhibition will be open to the public at Palacio de las Alhajas, in Madrid, from June 10 to December 31 2022.

The exhibition covers four areas of the female universe in Ancient Egypt. A first introductory part recreates the daily life and role of women in the family unit and in society in general (Women in Ancient Egypt), their influence as deities and priestesses (Goddesses and temples), as rulers and members of the royal family (Royal women) and their relevance in funeral rites (From death to eternity). The influence of Egyptian art in later times, especially in the 20th century, closes the exhibition in the section, Egyptomania.

ÉGIDA Bronce / Baja Época (664-332 a. C.) Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum, Hildesheim

_AEGIS_
Copper alloy / Late Period (664-332 BC)
Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum, Hildesheim

_BOTELLA PARA LACTANTE_ Reino Nuevo, dinastía XVIII (1570- 1293 a. C.) Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden

_BABY’S MILK BOTTLE_
Pottery / New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty (1570-1293 BC)
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden

Visitors will discover pieces of great historical and artistic interest: sculptures, reliefs, documents, everyday objects, coins, household utensils, musical instruments, jewelry, objects for religious and funeral use such as coffins, cartonnage, amulets, ushebtis and canopic jars, etc. All this together with life-size reproductions of funerary chambers, recreation of costumes, typhlological pieces and immersive audiovisual materials.

The exhibition brings us closer to the daily life of the Egyptians in ancient times. It aims to bridge the gap of millennia that separates us from the Egypt of the Pharaohs to show us how the relationship between men and women was based on principles of equality and partnership, endorsed by laws and customs, and how women had a level of autonomy unknown to other females from contemporary cultures, such as the Greeks or Romans.

Although power was traditionally in the hands of the male pharaoh, there were women rulers and regents, and the role and influence of royal wives, princesses, mothers and sisters of the pharaohs was decisive. Moreover, it was women who transmitted the legitimacy of the royal line, and it was more important to have royal blood than to have only men on the throne.

The pharaohs were often portrayed surrounded by goddesses, who protected them and granted them the necessary strength to fulfill their mission; in fact, the deities linked to the divine protection of the royals and the kingdom itself were, in many cases, female.

_ESCULTURA FEMENINA CON UN SISTRO HATHÓRICO_ Piedra caliza / Reino Nuevo (1570-1070 a. C.) Szépmüvészeti Múzeum. Museo de Bellas Artes, Budapest

_STATUETTE OF A WOMAN HOLDING A HATHOR SISTRUM_
Limestone / New Kingdom (1570-1070 BC)
Szépmüvészeti Múzeum. Museo de Bellas Artes, Budapest

CURATORS

Esther Pons (Barcelona) is an archaeologist and head curator of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities and the Near East at the National Archaeological Museum

Esther Pons (Barcelona) is an archaeologist and head curator of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities and the Near East at the National Archaeological Museum, as well as one of the curators of Daughters of the Nile. Women and society in Ancient Egypt.

A graduate in Geography and History from the University of Barcelona, with a PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology from the same university.

She is co-director, together with Maite Mascort, of the Oxyrhynchus Archaeological Mission (El-Bahnasa, Minia, Egypt), and has participated in national and international conferences and seminars on Ancient Egypt. Her articles on metalwork in Egypt, Greco-Roman terracottas and the findings at the Oxyrhynchus site (Egypt) have been published in many national and international scientific journals, and she has worked as curator and advisor for several exhibitions and catalogs on Ancient Egypt and the Near East.

Nacho Ares (León, 1970) is a historian, Egyptologist, communicator, specialized radio broadcaster, and one of the curators of the exhibition Daughters of the Nile.

Nacho Ares (León, 1970) is a historian, Egyptologist, communicator, specialized radio broadcaster, and one of the curators of the exhibition Daughters of the Nile. Women and society in Ancient Egypt. A History graduate from the University of Valladolid; he has a certificate in Egyptology from the KNH of the University of Manchester (2009-2012).

He is the director and presenter of the program SER Historia on the SER radio network and of the podcast Dentro de la pirámide, on Podium Podcast, where he focuses on researching and popularizing the historical enigmas surrounding the world of Ancient Egypt.

He is the author of a number of books on Egyptian culture and has published articles in specialized archaeological magazines such as Ancient Egypt Magazine, National Geographic History magazine, La Aventura de la Historia, Misterios de la Arqueología, Boletín de la Asociación Española de Egiptología and Revista de Arqueología, a publication he directed for 10 years. He has participated in the series Otros Mundos (Movistar+) along with Javier Sierra, and in the television show, Cuarto Milenio, directed by Iker Jiménez.

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LENDERS TO THE EXHIBITION

GERMANY

Hanover
August Kestner Museum Privatsammlung Cheperi

Hildesheim
Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum

Ulm
Privatsammlung Wolfgang Wettengel

AUSTRIA

Vienna
Kunsthistorisches Museum

BELGIUM

Brussels
Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire

Morlanwelz
Musée Royal de Mariemont

CROATIA

Zagreb
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb

DENMARK

Copenhagen
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

SPAIN

Alicante
Vilamuseu. Museo Municipal de Villajoyosa

Barcelona
Museu Egipci de Barcelona. Fundació Arqueològica Clos

Córdoba
Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba

Huesca
Museo de Huesca

León
Museo Catedralicio de Astorga

Madrid
Biblioteca Nacional de España
Colección privada J.D.A.
Colección privada N.A.
Colección privada Rafael Pérez Arroyo
Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Museo Nacional del Prado

Melilla
Museo Egipcio de Melilla.
Fundación Gaselec

Terrassa
Museu Tèxtil

Salamanca
Cartem Books
Museo Art Nouveau y Art Déco, Casa Lis Fundación Manuel Ramos Andrade

GREECE

Athens
National Archaeological Museum

HUNGARY

Budapest
Szépművészeti Múzeum. Museum of Fine Arts

ITALY

Bologna
Museo Civico Archeologico

Florence
Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Direzione Regionale Musei della Toscana

Turin
Museo Egizio

NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam
Allard Pierson. Collections of the University

Leiden
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

PORTUGAL

Lisboa

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Museu Nacional de Arqueologia

UNITED KINGDOM

Aberdeen
University/Museum Collection Centre, University of Aberdeen

Liverpool
The Garstang Museum of Archaeology, University of Liverpool