Tut’s t omb unveiled
Exhibition to take visitors through pharaoh’s tomb
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 firstname.lastname@example.org • 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.