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Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
October 15, 2011–April 14, 2012
The acclaimed traveling exhibition Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs features more than 100 works of art, most of which had never been shown in the United States prior to this tour. These spectacular treasures—about half of which come from the tomb of King Tutankhamun—include the golden sandals found on the boy king’s mummy; a gold coffinette that held his stomach; golden statues of the gods; and King Tut’s rings, ear ornaments, and gold collar.
Also showcased are objects associated with the most-important rulers of the 30 dynasties that reigned in Egypt over a 2,000-year span. The exhibition explores the splendor of the pharaohs, their function in both the earthly and divine worlds, and what “kingship” meant to the Egyptian people. Among the highlights is the largest likeness of King Tut ever discovered: a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the remains of a funerary temple.