Don’t miss your final chance to see the wonders of King Tutankhamun’s tomb before they return to Egypt forever.

 

Special exhibition Tutankhamum: Treasures of the Golden Pharoah is at the Saatchi Gallery  until May 3, 2020.

Chelsea is the third stop for the collection after Los Angeles and Paris, where it was France’s most attended exhibition of all time.

The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter, a British archaeologist, in 1922.

There are 150 world heritage artefacts on show, and visitors are advised to allow two hours to fully immerse themselves in the discovery that captivated the world.

When the golden relics return to Egypt, they will go on permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum.

 

 
Biggest Tutankhamun display

Of course, this is not the first time the king has been celebrated in Britain. More than 1.6 million people attended a 1972 show at the British Museum. And, some of the items have been on tour to the UK since.

But archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass calls this show: “the biggest and most beautiful exhibition of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity no one should miss.”

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity no one should miss.”

 

So what are curator Tarek El Awady’s personal highlights?

“The guardian statue (pictured) is one of my favourite artefacts in the exhibition.

“One can still see in this masterpiece the magic, passion and perfection of the Ancient Egyptian sculptor.

“It doesn’t matter from what angle one looks at it – the eyes of the guardian are looking far beyond our world, they are actually looking at the afterlife world; the eternal world of the king,” he says.

El Awady is also passionate about the trumpet.

He says it is:”the oldest musical instrument that still exists and can be played from the ancient world, and the only tool that can actually connect us with the world of the pharaohs and allow us to listen and hear sounds from the world of Tutankhamun.”

 

Unique treasures

Other notable attractions include the ceremonial shield which is travelling out of Egypt for the first time.

Plus, there is a human-headed gold bird which represents the aspect of an individual that flies from the body at the moment of death.

And there is the ceremonial funeral bed with carved lion feet – the most powerful animal in ancient Egyptian cosmology.

Visitors can enjoy the exhibition in a variety of different ways.

There will be two late shows on Friday November 22 and December 20 in which visitors can explore the exhibition with music and drinks, with last entry at 8.30 pm.

For private parties for little ones, the gallery and party company Sharky & George have teamed up to deliver a memorable children’s sleepover.

Starting with an archaeologist-led tour by torchlight, each child will sleep in a personalised pyramid with a treasure-hunt map pillowcase, dressing-up box to raid and even painting lessons.

 

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharoah runs at the Saatchi Gallery until May 3, 2020.

Tickets start at £22 for adults and £16.50 for children. They can be bought from the website: https://tutankhamun-london.com/tickets/

 

This article first appeared in Sloane Square magazine.

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PICTURES:

Main picture: Gold inlaid canopic coffinette of Tutankhamun dedicated to Imseti and Isis – credit IMG.

Second picture: Gilded wooden shrine with scenes of Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun .

Third picture: Wooden guardian statue of the Ka of the King wearing the Nemes headcloth – credit IMG.