Your Guide to Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibition
An incredible opportunity to learn more about Tutankhamun at the Saatchi Gallery
This is a must-visit and a chance of a lifetime. Commemorating the 110th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter, this is the last London appearance of the Boy King’s extraordinary treasures and artefacts before they return to Egypt for ever. These mesmerising items have been granted world heritage status such is their rarity and significance.
The exhibition uses them to explore the life of King Tutankhamun and the story of the discovery of his tomb. Made up of over 150 authentic items, this is the largest ever travelling exhibition of his artefacts, three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions. In fact, 60 of the items have never travelled outside Egypt before. This discovery has captured imaginations ever since British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon first unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamun. Born in 1342 BC, the most famous pharaoh and his family have held a spell over every generation since.
"Everywhere the glint of gold… literally dazzling"
Sunday Times Culture
The exhibition explores the myths and superstitions surrounding Tutankhamun, how the young king died only 10 years into his reign, and the so-called curse of Tutankhamun. Visitors can enjoy seeing iconic items like Tutankhamun’s burial mask, grand royal accessories and domestic items included in the tomb because of the Egyptians’ belief in the afterlife.
There is something for everyone in this wonderful exhibition. The beauty, opulence and rarity of the exhibits will delight all. Younger visitors are likely to enjoy some of the strange Egyptian customs. The exploration of the worship of cats is really engaging. Did you know Egyptians mourned the death of a cat by shaving their eyebrows? The mourning period ended when the eyebrows grew back. In fact, the Egyptians gave us the word ‘cat’, from the African word ‘quattah’.
The animal was so beloved that the death penalty was dealt out to anyone responsible for killing a cat. Informative, visually spellbinding and engaging, miss this and you will have missed out.