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Ramses II, known as Ramses the Great, was the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom, which was Egypt’s golden age. Believed to be a living god, Ramses ruled for 67 years, erecting enormous temples, obelisks, and statues while also expanding Egypt’s empire. The exhibition “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” at the De Young Museum (August 20, 2022 – February 12, 2023) features one of the greatest collections of Egyptian artifacts ever to travel to the United States. This talk will explore Ramses’s life and discuss the marvelous treasures in this exhibition, from the pharaoh’s colossal royal sculpture to mummies and exquisite Egyptian jewelry.
One of our favorite docents, Marsha Holm, will lead us in this discussion. Marsha has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979. In addition to giving tours and lectures in all areas of the museums’ collections, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, from the Americas to Europe, she has served in several administrative capacities, including new and continuing education for FAMSF docents. She has also assisted in training docents at the Blackhawk Museum, the Oakland Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art in addition to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.