Two Egyptian Pharaoh figurines

9 September until 2 November 2014

Figurine of the Pharaoh NynetjerFigurine of the Pharaoh Nynetjer
Figurine of the Pharaoh TaharkaFigurine of the Pharaoh Taharka

The National Museum of Antiquities has purchased two Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh figurines, one of which is the oldest figurine in the world depicting a named pharaoh. It is a seated figure of the Pharaoh Nynetjer, one of the first kings of ancient Egypt (c. 2785-2742 BC). In addition, the museum has purchased a funerary figurine of Pharaoh Taharqa (690-664 BC), one of the 'Black Pharaohs' from Sudan.

  • Until the beginning of November 2014 you can view the pharaoh figurines in a display case in the museum's entrance hall, next to the Egyptian temple. In 2016 they will be given a prominent place in the Egyptian wing that will be fully renovated by then.

Important addition to the collection

The pharaoh figurines are important additions to the Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities. The museum belongs to the top ten of its kind in the world, but possesses only a few figures of kings. It paid the sum of €150,000 for these acquisitions. The museum financed the purchases in part from the annual contribution of the BankGiro Loterij, besides which it received a donation from the museum's Circle of Friends, RoMeO, enabling it to purchase the Taharqa figurine.

Pharaoh Nynetjerdate: c. 2785-2742 BC | height: 13 cm
Pharaoh Taharqadate: c. 690 - 664 BC | height: 35 cm