Tutankhamun: Treasures of The Golden Pharaoh

The king who captured the world’s imagination

It was a sight surpassing all precedent, and one we never dreamed of seeing. We were astonished by the beauty and refinement of the art displayed by the objects surpassing all we could have imagined – the impression was overwhelming.

Howard Carter’s excavation diary, Nov 27, 1922

Tutankhamun’s mask is one of the most iconic historical objects on the planet. Whatever else we’ve heard or read about the classical world, we can recognise the golden face of ancient Egypt’s boy king. Now, in the country’s most significant Tutankhamun exhibition in over 40 years, UK audiences will be able to get to know much more about the man behind the mask.

The treasure-laden tomb of Tutankhamun has gripped the world’s attention ever since it was first unearthed by British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon in 1922. Gilded, bejewelled and intricately carved artefacts have gone on several sell-out world tours since the 1960s. But when construction of the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo is completed in a few years’ time, marking 100 years since the tomb’s discovery, the treasures will return to go on permanent display in their homeland.

The treasures of the Tutankhamun exhibition

Taking up residence at the Saatchi Gallery, this exhibition showcases over 150 original objects, 60 of which are travelling out of Egypt for the first time. Stars of the show include a colossal quartzite statue of Tutankhamun, a miniature golden ‘coffinette’ which held his mummified liver, and the boy king’s personal alabaster wishing cup. In Paris, the most recent stop on the 10-city global tour, it became France’s most attended exhibition of all time, narrowly beating the 1967 Tutankhamun tour into second place.

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Dates

2 November 2019 - 3 May 2020

Location

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Rd
Chelsea
SW3 4RY