Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures (13 Jul 2015)
Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures
Ever since he was a boy, leading Egyptologist and archaeologist Dr Tarek El Awady has admired his country’s hidden treasures. And one of the figures he most admires is Tutankhamun.
“I do not think that there is something greater than meeting Tutankhamun face to face and to feel his magic,” he says. “To enjoy the most precious discovery ever made by man, to see the magic of the Pharaohs, and to know about Ancient Egyptian civilisation.”
No wonder over 5 million people worldwide (and 70 000 in Johannesburg from December to April last year) have seen Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures. The two-hour experience begins with a multimedia presentation illustrating the fascinating story behind the exploration and excavation by British archaeologist Howard Carter, the history of Tutankhamun, and the culture of ancient Egypt.
Most exciting, the exhibition has reconstructed the tomb of Tutankhamun to scale. There are over 1 000 reconstructed burial treasures produced by Egyptian craftsmen under scientific supervision. These exact replicas, coupled with state-of-the art technology and video material, provide a vivid illustration of the culture and spiritual world of the ancient Egyptians. Visitors also discover what these magnificent historical finds reveal about the religion, deities, dynasties, and mysterious hieroglyphics of the empire on the Nile.
“It is safe to say that Tutankhamun’s treasure is the most popular treasure from Ancient Times,” El Awady says. “This exhibit is showing the beauty of the Golden Pharaoh of Egypt in an entertaining way.”
Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures is at the new SunExhibits venue at Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino from June 2 to September 27. Book at Web Tickets (price includes audio guide, also available for children) or visit www.tut-exhibition.co.za.