2500 of goldsmith's art in the ancient Egypt, exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum from July 7th to September 9th, 10 avenue Princess Grace, 98.000 Monaco, open every days from 10am to 8pm and Thursday to 9pm, phone : +3188.8.131.52.00, ticket : 11 €.
The exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum deals with two thousand years of Egyptian history from the first dynasties to the second period. The pieces exhibited (the Mykerinos triad, the Satathos Loumet crown, the Lahhetep mirror, the Ramses II bracelet) show us the main steps and the technical use for making jewels. The goldsmith crafts number has grew up in ancient Egypt because the country own many gold mines. An economic circle has been built from the minor to goldsmith, to scribe, to expedition leader until the Pharaoh. The goldsmith's made traditional jewels and jewels involved by taste or technical evolution. They have been also influenced by the discovery of foreign patterns or the granulation integration.
In the ancient Egypt society the women and the men hold jewels who look like signs of power, signs of richness or gift given by the Pharaoh. The jewel reinforces the protection of the body and gives the immortality. The Egyptian goldsmith's used several kind of colors and each color has is own meaning. The red of the coralline invokes the blood inside the body. The green deals with the landscape like the iconic papyrus or the youth. The blue inside the Lapus Lazuli tributes the gods hairs but gold plays a main part in the Pharaoh society. Gold owns an economic, a religious and a symbolic value.