California Science Center is hosting KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh … the final tour of King Tutankhamun before the collection makes its permanent home in Egypt. The exhibition just opened at the end of March and will remain in Los Angeles for nearly ten months before moving to Europe. The exhibition is displaying over 150 stunning original artifacts, including 60 exquisite new treasures never seen before outside of Cairo. Guests can follow King Tut as he journeys from death through the underworld to find his place in the afterlife, learning how each burial artifact 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. King Tut’s intact tomb was first discovered by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922. If not for the destiny of King Tut and Howard Carter, two men separated by 3,400 years, the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh might have been lost for eternity.
Unlike past tours, KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh is exclusively focused on interpreting the significance and meaning of artifacts from Tutankhamun’s personal tomb and includes:
Wooden Guardian Statue of the King – The dramatic, life-size ka statue of Tutankhamun marks his passage from the dark night of the Netherworld to his rebirth at dawn.
Gilded Wooden Bed – 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.
Gilded Wooden Shrine with Scenes of Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun – 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.
Gold Inlaid Canopic Coffinette of Tutankhamun – This exquisite, jeweled coffinette 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.
“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,” said Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary General of the Ministry of State for Antiquities, Egypt.
Set to open in May 2018, the Grand Egyptian Museum – supported by proceeds from the exhibition – will be situated adjacent to the Giza Plateau within 1.5 miles of the Giza pyramids. Once completed it will be a world-leading scientific, historical and archaeological study center that will cover approximately 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history and house more than 100,000 artifacts. This stunning location will serve as a backdrop to a display of priceless artifacts, including the final resting place of the Tutankhamun collection. The Giza Plateau is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Aside from the pyramids, it is home to the Giza Necropolis and the Great Sphinx.