Sunday, 2 October 2011

Tutankhamen Collection of Art in Melbourne

We were in Melbourne about two weeks ago and went to the Museum Victoria to see this exhibition.  Pretty cool ancient artifacts, totally my style, as I have been into Egyptology from a very young age.  Photographing the exhibits is prohibited, so check out this promotional video (very dramatic - I like it)

Tutankhamun (1341 BC -- 1323 BC) was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruling during 1333 BC -- 1324 BC in the conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. His original name, Tutankhaten, means "Living Image of Aten," while Tutankhamun means "Living Image of Amun."  Tut's tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. It sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun's burial mask remains the popular symbol (not in this exhibit, unfortunately, due to its fragility).  I have seen this particular mask when I travelled to the Cairo Museum in the previous century, beautifully made in gold and lapis - really nice. The British Museum also has a fine collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts..

I have also found some pictures of the antiquities included in the Melbourne exhibit - cool stuff - something for everyone!  From the top:  Alabaster Lid for a Canopic Vessel, Glass Head Rest,  Wooden Bust of Tut's Grandmother, Queen Tiye, Ornamental Wooden Chest decorated with gold leaf and paint, Inner Coffin made of wood and gold leaf, serpent goddess with wings, wooden cow head, headpiece in gold and gemstones, wooden chain decorated with gold leaf and painted, wooden head of Tut as a child. 

What's your favorite?

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