Friday, October 3, 2008

Doin' It in Detroit: King Tut Exhibit

One of the greatest traveling exhibitions in the world will be in Detroit
for the next several weeks:


“Wonderful things” from The Pharaoh’s Tomb October, 2008 through the end of January, 2009 at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

One hundred and twenty six (126) stunning and exact replicas of Tutankhamun’s, ancient Egypt’s boy king – pharaoh - sacred and personal possessions:
• His magnificent state chariot
• Golden shrines
• Beds
• Thrones
• Jewelry and adornment
• Spectacular funerary mask
• Sarcophagus
• His royal mummy along with associated artifacts from the period surrounding Tutankhamun’s reign are presented in a nearly 5,000 square foot exhibition that reconstructs the historic discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter.

An innocent puppet-ruler, Tutankhamun was caught in the midst of a dangerous and profound political, spiritual, and artistic revolution against the entire pantheon of ancient Egyptian gods by the first monotheistic religious cult in history. The pharaoh’s much overlooked African heritage is explored, along with the religious magic of the sacred objects, and the infamous curse of Tutankhamun.

The exhibition is presented in 5 chambers, 1.) An introduction to Ancient Egypt, 2.) The archaeological discovery, 3.) The private pharaoh, 4). The public pharaoh and, 5.) The royal burial. The artifacts are elegantly displayed on pedestals of simulated Egyptian granite, a sound-track of ambient music is also provided, especially composed to evoke the timeless mystery of the ancient tomb. This classic exhibition vividly brings to life the enigmatic opulent age of 18th Dynasty Egypt.
(Courtesy of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History)

Museum Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5 pm
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit MI 48201

Group Rates and Tours are available.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

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