Commemorating the centenary of the discovery that captivated the world, the largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt is at the Saatchi Gallery until 3rd May 2020. This exhibition has been produced by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
The legend of Tutankhamun captured imaginations globally when, in 1922 his tomb was unearthed by British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon. An instant worldwide sensation, public fascination surrounding the boy king – and the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found intact – has continued for decades, with exhibitions in 1972 and 2007 drawing record crowds of well over one million visitors in London.
The exhibition has timed visits so there is the opportunity to view each item at you leisure. When we think of Tutankhamun treasures it is the death mask and sarcophagus that springs to mind and these are not in the exhibition. However there are plenty of other just as interesting items, some small and delicate with astonishing detail.
Do listen to the audio guide which steers you through the rooms giving both background knowledge of the discovery, the history of ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun’s life and the exhibits.
For fascinating background information and surprising insights into the world in which Tutankhamen lived follow this link: