Tutankhamun: His Tomb and his Treasures

"A major exhibition of the international archaeological sensation, featuring a spectacular reconstruction of the Pharaoh's tomb and treasures.

When the archaeologist Howard Carter opened the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun for the first time on November 26 1922, he was overwhelmed by the treasures that met his eyes. Four chambers lay before him, some of them filled to the roof with funerary objects of immeasurable value, destined to accompany the dead king on his journey into the hereafter: jewellery, cult objects, amulets, coffers, chairs, weapons, musical instruments, and insignia of power. These were all fashioned with the art of master craftsmen from the most beautiful materials such as ebony, alabaster, precious stones - and most of all, gold. And in the midst of all this boundless magnificence, the culmination: the burial chamber covered with murals on all sides, containing the sarcophagus of the pharaoh, his mummy covered with a death mask which in its beauty and grandeur surpassed anything seen before. The exhibition allows visitors to experience the wonder of this moment with all their senses - to walk into an overwhelming treasure chamber, to discover a world and its wonders long thought to be lost."

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