Though Cleopatra is the most memorable female pharaoh of ancient Egypt, she was just one of many women rulers and goddesses who had prominent roles in the country’s history and culture. With the support of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum is show casing around 200 masterpieces related to influential and powerful female figures of ancient Egypt. All of the works are also being shown in Japan for the first time.
Hatshepsut (1508-1458 BC), regarded as one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs, is the central figure of this exhibition that brings to Japan statues, relief sculpture, jewelry, cosmetics, mirrors and other antiquities from Egypt’s ancient royal courts; July 19-Sept. 23.
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; 8-36 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ueno Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Fri. and Aug. 12-17 till 9 p.m.). ¥1,600. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.met-egypt2014.jp