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The Final Tour Of King Tutankhamun’s Treasures Is Coming To Sydney

Marco Ruiz Marco Ruiz - Sponsored SMN Writer (APAC) - Staff Writer (Aus)

The Final Tour Of King Tutankhamun’s Treasures Is Coming To Sydney

Thanks to the $50 million upgrade of the Australian Museum, King Tutankhamun will be back in Australia with the biggest and largest exhibition to have left Egypt – ever!

Featuring over 150 objects from King Tut’s tomb, 60 of which have never-ever before left Egypt, this is your last chance to see them in Australia before they finally end up in Cairo’s new and impressive Grand Egyptian Museum.

To put into perspective how big and large the Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition is, previous major travelling exhibitions like the one that visited Melbourne back in 2011, which broke Australian box-office records, contained only 55 artefacts.

Sydney, that’s just one-third of what you’re getting!

Shrine with scenes of Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun
Reign of Tutankhamun 1336 – 1326 BCE Courtesy of Laboratoriorosso

Artefacts to be seen include jewellery, sculptures, and ritual objects. But some of the highlights will surely be one of the Wooden Guardian Statues of the King, which flanked the seal entrance of King Tut’s tomb; the Gold Inlaid Cofinette, which kept the king’s liver under the protection of the goddess Isis and Imseti; Tutankhamun’s Wishing Cup, carved from a single piece of alabaster engraved with a wish for eternal life. Rumour also has it that part of the collection includes what is thought to be the world’s oldest glove and the world’s oldest trumpet.

Gilded Wooden Figure of Tutankhamen on a skiff
Courtesy of AM and IMG

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition marks the centenary discovery of King Tut’s tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. The find sparked a global fascination with ancient Egypt’s golden-boy pharaoh, and Egyptomania in general, which has since continued to this day.

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Gold, Colored Glass, Carnelian
Reign of Tutankhamun 1336-1326 B.C.E.
Courtesy of Laboratoriorosso

Subsequently, this final world exhibition focuses on the latest science about King Tut’s life, health, death and lineage as well as the latest interpretations of the significance and meaning behind his burial items. Did you know that King Tut was buried with a scarab amulet in place of his heart?

Arriving in early 2021, the exhibition is expected to receive 800,000 visitors in its six-month stay. Don’t be the one to miss out!

Stay tuned to our Facebook as more information regarding tickets and prices are announced in the coming months.

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