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Journeys : Feb March 2011
February / March 2011 57 For the first time in Australia’s history, the record breaking Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition visits Melbourne for its only Australian stop before Egypt’s treasures return to Cairo. Tutankhamun, the King of Egypt, was largely unknown in the modern world until his tomb was opened in 1922. It was then that a team of explorers uncovered a fascinating and priceless collection of treasures, as well as the mummified remains of Tutankhamun himself. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens at Melbour ne Museum on 8 April, as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces season. Revel in the splendour of Ancient Egypt as you view a dazzling array of possessions unearthed from Tutankhamun’s tomb. See some of the antiquities that were uncovered as well as those of his ancestors and contemporaries who ruled Egypt during a 200-year period. From the golden diadem (the crow n found on Tut’s head when the tomb was opened) to daggers, statues and Tut’s great grandmother Tjuya’s gold coffin, there w ill be more than 130 artefacts on display. As well as seeing these amazing treasures you’ll also learn about the beliefs and burial processes of Ancient Egypt and discover what the latest scientific and DNA testing on Tutankhamun’s mummy has revealed about his life and death. There is a worldwide fascination with Tutankhamun, who was anointed King when he was just nine years old. He only ruled over Egypt for 10 years, from 1333 to 1323 BC, when he died suddenly before reaching the age of 20. For many years he was thought to have been murdered or died from a severe illness, although new evidence suggests he may actually have been taken by complications from a fractured leg. He was one of the final r ulers of Egypt (and believed to be a minor one at that) and his name was almost erased from the pages of history – one of the reasons his tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings near modern-day Luxor, remained undiscovered and undisturbed until the early 20th century. The first time any of the treasures from Tut’s tomb travelled from Egypt was during the 1970s, when a seven-city tour of the United States attracted eight million visitors. Until now, that was the most popular museum exhibition of all time. But this exhibition has set records in ever y stop it has made. Already more than seven million people have marvelled at the treasures on display. Critics in every city it has toured, including London, Los Angeles and New York, have raved. “It feels as if you’ve arrived at a brilliant party 3000 years late,” repor ted the UK’s Independent on Sunday. Melbour ne is the exhibition’s final stop – be sure to see it before the treasures return to Cairo! Contact RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Our travel cover image: Canopic Coffinette of Tutankhamun The exhibition is organised by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and IMG, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities February/March2011 55 FEBRUARY / MARCH2011 MElBoURnE nEw ZEA l And EURopEAnRivERs TopEnd woRld CRUising Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition visits Melbourne – page 57 New Zealand’s winter wonderland – page 69
Apr May 2011