On the Banks of the Nile Provided by Goout

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Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures Betlémské náměstí 1, Praha 1

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The exhibition with its more than 500 artefacts from the Czech and foreign collections will introduce the people of the ancient Nile Valley and the environment that surrounded them and that gave rise to some of the world’s oldest civilizations.

The first part of the exhibition will show the variety of the animal world of pharaonic Egypt and its southern neighbour, ancient Nubia. The second part of the exhibition it set on a sail around the Nile Delta, together with a scribe named Dua-Khety and his son, the main characters of an ancient Egyptian text called the Satire of Trades. We will observe as the father, bringing his son to a scribe school in the capital city, describes the hardships of manual labour on the examples of different occupations. This part of the exhibition with its various objects – thousands-year-old baskets, a brick from a pyramid or authentic tools – will introduce the processing of natural materials, as well as animal and plant products. The third part will take visitors to an ancient Egyptian garden that, much like today, was the place of rest and a source of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. In the last part of the exhibition, visitors will leave this world and enter the netherworld that was much like the landscape of the fertile Nile Valley. The belief in the afterlife and the art of mummification, above all the mummification of sacred and votive animals, will be introduced.