New Orleans, La. (BRProud) – New Orleans is the last chance for Americans to see the fascinating, 3,000-year-old artifacts and personal belongings of Egyptian Queen Nefertari, considered one of the most powerful women in one of the world’s greatest civilizations.

Now on public display till the middle of July at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the exhibition “Queen Nefertari’s Egypt,” offers a rare, spectacular glimpse into the powerful Queen Nefertari, who is believed to have married Egyptian Pharoah Ramesses II when she was 13 and he was 15.

As the favorite wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE), Queen Nefertari had significant diplomatic and religious roles before her death in c. 1250 BCE, and she is linked to some of the most magnificent monuments of ancient Egypt.

Artifacts presented in Queen Nefertari’s Egypt provide an extensive look into the power and influence of women during the New Kingdom period (c. 1539-1075 BCE) when Egyptian civilization was at its height. 

Nefertari served not only as a queen, but as a divine consort, diplomat, and queen mother, and had one of the largest and most richly decorated tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

Nefertari’s spectacularly painted tomb, now more than 3,000 years old, was discovered by an Italian archeologist in 1904. Among the many 230 time-defying wonders in the Queen’s 6,000 square foot tomb are sculptures, votive steles, painted coffins, and even Nefertari’s elegant sandals possibly made of snakeskin. The exhibition sheds a great deal of light on the role of ordinary women in ancient Egypt more than 1,000 years before Christ and Cleopatra.

The traveling exhibit will be in New Orleans until July 17, 2022. New Orleans is the last stop before the large wonderous artifacts return to their permanent home at the Museo Egizio in Italy.