Tutankhamun (1341 BC – 1323 BC) was an Egyptian Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty. He was only 8 years old when he began his rule and died approximately 10 years later. Only recent research discovered that he wasn‘t murdered but died because of an accident breaking his leg. His importance is due to his tomb, which uniquely was discovered almost completely intact in the Valley of the Kings– the most complete ancient Egyptian tomb ever found.
First you have a all sorts of statues, it‘s emphasis is laid on the World of the Pharaohs, so you see different sculptures of the whole dynasty. Then more specific items coming from the valley of the Kings and especially from Tutanch‘s tomb are shown: little tables and other furniture, different boxes, a chair, a bed. The rooms get darker and darker. The most impressing items are the golden items like golden scarabs, little golden coffinettes to preserve the internal organs, all sorts of jewellery… Although the Viennese exhibitions doesn‘t show the big golden mask of Tutankhamun – this item you could see in London – you can see a medium sarcophagi coloured in gold and blue (there are different boxes to preserve the corps) and the highlight are Tutanchamun‘s golden Sandals together with golden sorts of gloves for fingers and for toes in order to protect them in the grave.
and the World of the Pharaohs
The Viennese exhibition organized by the Kunsthistorisches Museum
in collaboration with the National Geographic Society: 9 March – 28 September 2008
Even when you are ordering the tickets quite in advance you‘ll have to visit the exhibition on a certain hour of a certain day… Is it worth all the troubles? Yes, indeed, this exhibition in Vienna is highly recommended and if you manage to visit the Golden Exhibition in London and the grave chamber in Zurich as well so you will have seen ALL precious items which are ever allowed to leave Egypt!
More Tut-Ankh-Amun fever in 2008:
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
Exhibition in London: 15 November 2007 – 30 August 2008
You will see there over 130 Ancient Egyptian treasures, above all 50 major objects excavated from Tutankhamun’s tomb. They include the royal diadem – the gold crown encircling the head of the king’s mummified body – which he probably wore in life.
Tutankhamun – his tomb and its treasures.
Exhibition in Zurich: 8 March – 29 June 2008
There visitors can relive the fascinating story of the excavation, like in a novel. A reconstruction of the tomb is presented and can be entered; to preserve the originals from the damage of mass tourism the historic objects are duplicates.