Tutankhamun exhibition returns to London for the final time

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The much anticipated exhibition Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh opens today in the Saatchi Gallery.

Presented in London by Viking Cruises, the exhibition will display more than 150 pieces from Tutankhamun’s tomb – with 60 on their first journey outside Egypt – until May 3, 2020.

Then the treasures will return to Cairo to be permanently housed with Tutankhamun’s full collection at the Grand Egyptian Museum which is currently under construction. 

The legend of Tutankhamun captured imaginations globally when, in 1922 his tomb was unearthed by British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon.

An instant worldwide sensation, public fascination surrounding the boy king – and the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found intact – has continued for decades.

London is the third of 10 cities to host the King Tut show, following successful stops in Los Angeles and Paris where the exhibition racked up record attendances.

“To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, 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.

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh explores the meaning of the items in the royal tomb and the dual storyline of its discovery against all odds. 

The pharaohs that succeeded Tutankhamun nearly managed to erase him from the history books. Had Howard Carter not persisted in his quest, the boy king’s legacy and treasures could have been forever lost to the sands of Egypt. 

The ancient Egyptians believed that death was also a rebirth. Through nine immersive galleries, visitors can follow Tutankhamun’s passage into everlasting life, discovering how his funerary objects were used on the perilous journey.

As they explore his life, visitors will become part of perpetuating the Pharaoh’s immortality: to speak his name is to make him live. 

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, presented by Viking Cruises, at the Saatchi Gallery runs from November 2 – May 3, 2020 (tutankhamun-london.com).

Images: Kaye Holland

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