Paris, Musée du Louvre, Napoleon Hall

This collection of remnants - votive statues, funeral artifacts, wall fragments and “false doors” - reveal Ancient Egypt’s perspective on the Universe and, more specifically, their beliefs about the mysterious space between the realms of the living and the dead. The exhibition is divided into four sections: The Universe as divine sanctuary, the mysterious Beyond, the tomb chapel, and the Gates of Heaven or the temple forecourt.

The “false doors”, or “gates of heaven”, were usually the doors of a sacred shrine holding the statue of a god, and symbolized access to the divine world from the human one, a beginning and an ending, as well as serving as a place where family members placed offerings. For the ancient Egyptians, there was the earth for living beings, the heavens for divine beings, and Duat, the Beyond, for deceased gods and humans. These realms were structurally interdependent, linked by passageways described as gates, which are a focal point for this exhibition.
Features masterpieces from collections such as the Egyptian Museum of Berlin, the British Museum, The National Archive Museum of Florence and other European collections, it offers a new analysis of ancient Egyptians’ representations of life and death, and their ineffable difference.


March 6 through June 29, 2009
99, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
T. +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
http://mini-site.louvre.fr/portesduciel/EN/