Connect with us

DailyArtMagazine.com – Art History Stories

Tutankhamun in London: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Wooden Guardian statue of the Ka of the King wearing the Nemes headcloth (IMG).

Museums And Exhibitions

Tutankhamun in London: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

For the first time in decades, the treasures of Tutankhamun – who ruled over Egypt from approximately 1334 – 1325 BCE – are on display in the United Kingdom, and this time at the Saatchi Gallery instead of the British Museum. This is part of a tour around the world (Los Angeles, Paris, London and Australia) before the treasure trove of original artefacts return to Egypt forever, where they will be housed in a shiny new museum in Giza. So, if you live in the vicinity of London, make sure to take advantage of this possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Tutankhamun in London
Wooden Statue of the King Wearing the White Crown (IMG).

With tickets ranging from £16.50 (off-peak child) to £28.50 (peak adult), this isn’t a cheap exhibition, but I can confirm that it is definitely worth forking out for. With a total of five galleries and over 150 items on display, you certainly get your money’s worth. The exhibition begins with a cinematic video about the life of Tutankhamun – a boy king who died before he turned 20 – and the discovery of his forgotten tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. This bit of historical contextualisation is interesting and important, and if anything it could have gone into more detail in places, but nothing beats seeing the objects with which Tutankhamun was laid to rest in the flesh, as it were. Across the ages, they speak for themselves.

Tutankhamun in London
Calcite Stopper for Northwest Canopic Jar, King’s Head (IMG)

If you’re hoping to see the young pharaoh himself, you might be disappointed, but the sheer range and splendour of artefacts displayed here more than makes up for this. Accompanying text expands on the meaning and purpose of each item, if you can crane your neck over the crowds of people to read it. The final room, meanwhile, provides a timeline of events relating to Tutankhamun and the discovery of his horde.

Gilded Wooden “Ostrich Hunt” Fan (IMG)

From statues to boomerangs, Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh is marked throughout by the astonishing variety of items on display. It gives visitors a sense, even if it’s only an inkling, of the vastness of Ancient Egypt’s wealth and culture. For however long it takes you to look around the exhibition, you will get a small sense of what life – and indeed death – was like as an ancient Egyptian ruler.

Tutankhamun in London
Gold Inlaid Wesekh Collar-Shaped Earring with Blue Glass Falcon (IMG)

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh presented by Viking Cruises runs at the Saatchi Gallery until 3 May, 2020. Tickets are on-sale now via www.tutankhamun-london.com

Find out more:


Man, Woman or Both? Meet Akhenaten, The Only Androgenous Pharaoh

Fowling in the Marshes. One of the most famous tomb paintings from ancient Egypt


Chris Dobson is a postgraduate student of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. His interests include the works of Shakespeare, queer theory and cool maps. His favourite artist is Gustav Klimt and he also has a blog: https://anenglishmaninscotland.home.blog/

Comments

More in Museums And Exhibitions

  • Ancient

    A Great Mystery: Sanxingdui Masks

    By

    Who doesn’t love a mystery? Especially an art history mystery. Made by a previously unknown Chinese kingdom, the 3,000 year old bronze Sanxingdui masks are shrouded in many unanswered questions and continue to intrigue and puzzle decades after their discovery. Sanxingdui Masks I had never even...

  • Ancient

    Nefertiti as a Beauty Icon

    By

    Nefertiti is a beauty icon and one of the most powerful women who inspires us throughout centuries. Responding to the rhythms of the age, she seized the opportunities of her time. But Nefertiti also left us with many mysteries. And we continue to wonder: Did her...

  • 21st century

    Michael Rakowitz: His Lost Heritage and Enemies

    By

    In March 2020 the Fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, which since 1998 temporarily hosts sculptures and installations by contemporary artists, will no longer be guarded by the 700 BC sculpture which once stood at the gates of the city of Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq). Well,...

  • Ancient Greece

    3 Things You Might Not Know About The Birth of Venus

    By

    It’s Valentines season, so what better thing to do than to meditate on the things you love, and of course, Venus definitively conquers all at this time of year. Art history’s love of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is a long-term serious relationship but perhaps we can...

  • Ancient

    Troy at the British Museum: Myth and Reality

    By

    This excellently curated exhibition on Troy at the British Museum in London takes visitors on a journey spanning thousands of years. There’s plenty for history geeks who want to know more about the real Trojan War (if such a war really did take place), but for...

To Top

Just to let you know, DailyArt Magazine’s website uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic. Read cookies policy