King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh will make its world debut at the California Science Centre in Los Angeles, showcasing an extraordinary and exclusive exhibition to mark 100 years since his tomb was discovered. It will remain in California from March 24 2018 until January 2019, before continuing its ten-city international exhibition tour.
The curated collection represents the largest assembly of artefacts and gold from Tutankhamun’s tomb ever on public display outside of Egypt, which has historically been limited to approximately 50 items. On display will be many items the Boy King himself used in life and in death, including: golden jewellery, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities.
“To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of discovering the tomb of the Boy King Tutankhamun, as a part of the celebration, Egypt is sending 150 masterpieces to tour all over the world…Please see them, visit them, before they return back to Egypt forever,” Secretary General of the Ministry of State for Antiquities, Egypt, Dr. Mostafa Waziry said.
“We are pleased to host the world premiere of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. Its ornate artefacts and multimedia displays will stimulate interest in the many sciences related to archaeology, California Science Center President Jeff Rudolph said.
“Guests will also learn how the scientific analysis of his 3,000 year-old mummy revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge archaeological tools are assisting in discovering tombs and analysing existing ones in ways never before imagined.”
Visitors will follow King Tut on his journey from death through the underworld to find his place in the afterlife, learning how each burial artefact was used to assist him in his life-after-death journey. According to the ancient Egyptians, a man dies twice. First, when his soul leaves his body and a second time after the death of the last person who speaks his name.
Unlike past tours, KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh is exclusively focused on interpreting the significance and meaning of artefacts from Tutankhamun’s personal tomb. It includes treasures like the Wooden Guardian Statue of the King, a dramatic, life-size statue of Tutankhamun that marks his passage from the dark night of the Netherworld to his rebirth at dawn, and a Gilded Wooden Bed, which is the ceremonial bed was likely made for Tutankhamun’s funeral. The lion feet guard him and the bed represents the idea of resurrection. Other protective images and carvings keep Tutankhamun safe, warding off the dark forces bent on harming him.
Also featured is the Gilded Wooden Shrine with Scenes of Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun, which is one of the most exquisite items in Tutankhamun’s tomb. This golden shrine offers a rare glimpse into the daily life of a royal household with intimate scenes of the Pharaoh and his wife, Ankhesenamun. Joining, is the Gold Inlaid Canopic Coffinette of Tutankhamun, the exquisite, jeweled coffinette that held the King’s mummified liver. The image of the protective god Isis decorates the inside of each lid.
The exhibition will feature nine distinct experiential galleries and an array of 3D visuals, digital content, 360-degree theatrical manifestations, custom soundscapes and more in an engaging, audio-guided tour.
“This new visual and sensory experience brings his story to life with objects that have never been displayed outside of Egypt, illustrating its incredible history and impact for an international audience like never before,” esteemed archaeologist Zahi Hawass said.
“KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh is a monumental achievement for the preservation of ancient Egyptian history and King Tutankhamun’s place in it – his legacy will live forever within the Grand Egyptian Museum as well as in the hearts of people all over the world.”
What: King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
When: March 2018 – January 2019
Where: California Science Centre, Los Angeles, USA
Tickets: Visit HERE to purchase tickets. Prices range from $19.20 to $29.95, and discounts are available for members, students, seniors and groups.