We decided to spring for the audio tour of the exhibit, which I strongly recommend for everyone who visits this exhibit. Narrated by Harrison Ford, the audio tour gives additional information behind some of the artifacts and features stories and details from the archaeologists themselves who were present when the artifacts were discovered. It was enthralling to be surrounded by these ancient relics and listening to the stories of their discovery taking us back 5,000 years in time, experiencing what it was like to live during the Golden Age.
|A golden mask of a jaguar.|
|A children's game found in King Tut's tomb.|
|A piece of jewelry found in King Tut's tomb.|
|An earring found in King Tut's tomb.|
|King Tut's golden sandals, to protect his feet in his journey to the afterlife.|
|King Tut's golden finger and toe protectors, to protect his fingers and toes in his journey to the afterlife.|
- Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt; which explored what Egypt was like during the Old Kingdom and the New Kingdom.
- Pharaoh's Family; the role of Pharaoh's family and the private lives of Pharaohs
- Pharaoh's Court; how power was distributed among various members of the court and other roles in the royal kingdom.
- Pharaoh's Religion; explanation of the beliefs and the role of the Pharaoh on earth, the various gods and goddess, the supernatural, and the after-life.
- Pharaoh's Gold; featuring the amazing abundance of gold that the Pharaoh's posed and the role that gold plays in the after-life
- and Discovery of Pharaoh; the discovery and excavation of King Tut's tomb in the 1920's which is set up to resemble the four rooms of the actual tomb, the antechamber, annex, treasury, and burial chamber.
|King Tut's golden sarcophagus (or coffin).|
Each Pharaoh had many names, but the most important two names were the nomen (birth name) and their prenomen (throne name). Each name appears in a cartouch which is an oval ring containing a royal person's name in hieroglyphic writing. King Tut's nomen was Tutankhaten but he changed it to Tutankhamen to honor the god Amun. His prenomen was Nebkheperure, which means "Re is Lord of manifestations".
|The two ovals in the center of this carving are how names were written, one oval for the nomen and one oval for the prenomen.|
|This statue was huge! It was hard to capture on film, but it made quiet the impression.|
Artwork of royal individuals were not intended to look like specific people, rather they were made to look like perfect beings as Pharaohs were considered gods on earth. Often Pharaohs were shown with symbols worn only by the royal or gods. This was often a crown, the uraeus, and the false bear and crook. Different geographical areas had different crowns worn by the reigning Pharaoh; the red crown of Lower Egypt, the white crown of Upper Egypt, the blue war crown, and the double crown of united Upper and Lower Egypt. The uraeus is a cobra on the figures brow which often appeared with a vulture.
|This shows the uraeus, often found on crowns.|
This was an amazing exhibit, filled so much history. I found my self lingering in front of each item, imaging how long it must have taken someone to carve out the intricate designs, marveling at the size of these statues, the impressive skill to create such lifelike artifacts with simple tools. I highly recommend this exhibit to everyone, even if you don't have a passion for history, everyone will find something they will find intriguing. Not to mention this is the last top for this exhibit before the artifacts are returned to Egypt for a long time. It is truly a chance of a lifetime!
|One of two statues of King Tut|
|The replica of King Tut's mummy.|