Ramses & The Gold of the Pharaohs: Audio description
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Be transported back 3,300 years, across the sands of the Sahara Desert as you listen to this audio described guide about Ramses II, the most celebrated pharaoh in the country's storied history.
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Introduction to Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs
Welcome to this audio described tour of selected pieces from the exhibition Ramses & The Gold of the Pharaohs at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
Bow and quiver
Made to accompany the dead into the afterlife, this quiver was originally hollow and the bow was made from a composite mix of layered wood.
Statue of Ramses as a sphinx offering a ram-headed vessel
This sculpture of Ramses as a half-lion, half human sphinx, encapsulates his absolute power and religious devotion.
Temple life statues
Portraying Ramses making an offering to the gods, these two temple statues are carved out of dark grey greywacke.
The temples of Abu Simbel
The two temples at Abu Simbel depicted in the model are carved from imposing east-facing red sandstone cliffs.
Ramses holding the Heka scepter
As the only remaining part of what was originally a seated sculpture, this statue of a young Ramses depicts him holding the Heka sceptre, a symbol of his kingly power.
This Middle Kingdom granodiorite statue depicts Ramses' revered mother Queen Tuya.
Large quantities of these colourful glazed tiles, made from ground quartz, were used to decorate Ramses’ palaces.
An ostracon is a shard of discarded pottery or a small piece of stone with writing or drawings scratched or painted onto the surface.
Sennedjem’s coffin and reconstructed tomb
This vibrantly decorated wooden outer coffin, encased within a glass cabinet, belonged to Egyptian artisan Sennedjem.
Falcon-headed collar and counterweight
Even in a room full of amazing gold jewellery this glorious falcon-headed collar belonging to Princess Neferuptah, stands out.
Daughters of Djehutihotep II
This pale, painted limestone wall fragment shows three of the daughters of the Middle Kingdom official Djehutihotep.
The Egyptians mass-produced animal mummies and they were specifically raised to be killed and mummified and used as an offering to the gods.
Statue of a scarab beetle
An important symbol for the ancient Egyptians, the scarab beetle represents the repetition and creation of life.
Collar of Psussenes
This imposing gold, glass and stone necklace with a winged scarab as the centrepiece is made of a double strand of 40 teardrop-shaped beads.
Sheshonq II's silver coffin lid and four coffinettes
Belonging to Sheshonq the Second, this remarkable hawk-headed coffin is made of solid silver.
Merenptah’s scarcophagus lid
This red granite sarcophagus lid belonged to Ramses’ son and successor, Merenptah.
The coffin of Ramses the Great was discovered in 1881 within the Royal Cache at Deir el-Bahari and was once overlain with gilding and inlays in precious stones or glass.
Colossus of Ramses II
This limestone colossus depicts Ramses II standing and clasping a mekes, the cylinder used as a document case to hold papyri.
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