Tut’s t omb un­veiled

Ex­hi­bi­tion to take vis­i­tors through pharaoh’s tomb

Weekend Witness - - Ne Ws -

THE Tu­tankhamun — His Tomb and His Trea­sures ex­hi­bi­tion, which gives vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the tr ea­sures of the t omb at their mo­ment of dis­cov­ery, will be open­ing to the S A pub­lic in Dec em­ber.

Seen b y o ver fi ve mil­lion peo­ple world­wide, the ex­hi­bi­tion, which is at the South­ern Sun Sil ver­star Ho­tel in Mul­der­s­drift, Gaut­eng, has f aith­fully re­con­structed the tomb of Tu­tankhamun t o scale.

There are more than 1 000 re­con­structed burial trea­sures pro­duced by the fine st E gyp­tian cr afts­men un­der sci­en­tific su­per­vi­sion.

There is also a mul­ti­me­dia persen­ta­tion il­lus­trat­ing the f as­ci­nat­ing story be­hind the ex­plo­ration and excavation by B ri­tish ar chae­ol­o­gist, H oward Carter, the his­tory of the young pharaoh, and the cul­ture of an­cient Egypt.

For mor e inf or­ma­tion, videos and images of the e xhi­bi­tion visit www.tut­ex­hi­bi­tion. co.za.

The e xhi­bi­tion runs fr om Dec em­ber 2 to March 1 next year. It will be open fr om Sunda y t o T hurs­day, be­tween 9 am and 7 pm and on Fri­days and S atur­days fr om 9 am t o 9 pm.

Tick­ets are R160 (R120 pen­sion­ers and stu­dents and R100 from chil­dren six to 17 years old). Chil­dren five years and un­der g o fr ee.

Visit www.sil­ver­star­casino.co.za for book­ings and inf or­ma­tion.

— Art s E ditor.

• art s@wit­ness.co.za • King T utankhamen ( or T utankhamun) r uled E gypt as phar aoh f or 10 years un­til his death at ag e 19 , around 1 324 BC. • DNA t ests pub­lished in 2010 r evealed that T utankhamen’s p ar­ents w ere br other and sis ter and that his wif e, Ankhe­se­na­mun, w as also his hal f­sis­ter. Their onl y two daught ers were s till­born. • His r ule w as no ta­ble f or r ev­ers­ing the tu­mul ­ tu­ous r eli­gious r eforms o f his f ather, Phar aoh Akhen­aten. He w as b arely kno wn t o the mod­ern w orld un­til 19 22, when Bri­tish ar chae­ol­o­gist Howard Cart er chis elled thr ough a doorw ay and en­tered the bo y phar aoh’s t omb, which had r emained s ealed f or mor e than 3 200 y ears. • The t omb’s ant echam­bers w ere p acked t o the c eil­ing with mor e than 5 000 ar­tif acts, in­clud­ing fur­ni­tur e, chario ts, cl othes, w eapons and 1 30 o f the l ame king’ s w alk­ing sticks. • The t omb’s v ast hoard o f ar­tif acts and tr ea­sure, in­tended t o ac company the king int o the af ter­life, r evealed a l ot about royal lif e in an­cient E gypt, and made him the world’s mo st f amous phar aoh. • Cart er’s p atron, L ord Carnarv on, died f our months af ter fir st ent er­ing the t omb, l ead­ing jour­nalis ts t o popul arise a “Curse o f the Pharaohs” — a s wift de ath t o tho se who dis­turbed King T ut. • A fter be­ing mum­mi­fied, a 2 4­pound s olid gold portr ait mask was pl aced o ver King Tut’s he ad and shoul ­ ders and he w as l aid in a s eries o f ne sted con­tain­ers — thr ee golden c offins, a gr anite sar coph­a­gus and four gil ded w ooden shrines, the l argest o f which jus t b arely fit ­ ted int o the t omb’s burial cham­ber . • King T ut w as tall but phy sically fr ail, with a crip­pling bone dis­ease in his clubbed left f oot. Inbr eed­ing in the r oyal f am­ily als o likely c on­tributed t o his poor he alth and early de ath.

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