Tutankhamun London

Tutankhamun London Commemorating the centenary of the discovery that captivated the world, the largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt.

Exhibition open at the Saatchi Gallery in London from Saturday 2 November 2019 to 3 May 2020.

Operating as usual

While we can’t open our exhibition doors, we are able to welcome you to the newly launched Tutankhamun exhibition online...
23/07/2020

While we can’t open our exhibition doors, we are able to welcome you to the newly launched Tutankhamun exhibition online shop.

Featuring the official exhibition catalogue, collectors coins and many other unique gifts, bring a piece of the exhibition home to treasure.

Shop now to purchase your own Tutankhamun treasures: https://tutankhamunstore.com

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14/07/2020

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All of the preparations of the royal burial - the mummification, the rituals, the creation and assemblage of objects for...
10/06/2020

All of the preparations of the royal burial - the mummification, the rituals, the creation and assemblage of objects for the tomb - were undertaken to ensure the king an eternal afterlife. In the ritual of the Opening of the Mouth, the mummy was showered with water from this kind of jar as the priest expressed a wish to purify the deceased.
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At 1.08 minutes in the video pinned to the top of our page you will see a dagger shaped figure of a prisoner. The ancien...
03/06/2020

At 1.08 minutes in the video pinned to the top of our page you will see a dagger shaped figure of a prisoner. The ancient Egyptians expressed the king’s domination over their traditional earthly enemies in a variety of creative ways.
The handle of this dagger-shaped object takes the form of a Nubian man wearing a tight-fitting cap with his arms bound to his sides, he is completely helpless.
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Wearing earrings became popular amongst both sexes in the New Kingdom. Images of #Tutankhamun commonly show him with pie...
25/05/2020

Wearing earrings became popular amongst both sexes in the New Kingdom. Images of #Tutankhamun commonly show him with pierced ears. He is likely to have worn earrings as a child.
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At 1.08 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to the top of our page) you will see the Solar Hawk Figure of Horus. T...
17/05/2020

At 1.08 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to the top of our page) you will see the Solar Hawk Figure of Horus. This figure of a solar falcon was found in the southeast corner of the Antechamber behind the chariot. An image of the scarab god Khepri (the morning sun) covers the front and back faces of the disk upon the falcon’s head. Broad bird wings spread out from the god’s insect body. Above the beetle’s head is the solar disk flanked by a pair of uraei, from whose serpent bodies hang ankhs (the symbol for “life”). Each uraeus wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. Three additional ankhs hang from the sun disk. Below the beetle are three plural strokes and a neb basket. So within the solar disk we have an elaborate writing of Tutankhamun’s throne name, Nebkheperure. This falcon is the god Horus, who embodies the king and is closely associated with Re.
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In the 1960's a major rescue mission was undertaken to save the temples of Nubia from the rising waters of the Nile. The...
13/05/2020

In the 1960's a major rescue mission was undertaken to save the temples of Nubia from the rising waters of the Nile. The large temple of Ramses II was carved into rock, located on the sacred hills of Meha and Ibshek. The facade of the temple and its interior were cut into blocks and reassembled on an artificial hill. The operation took nearly 20 years to complete.
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At 1.02 minutes, in the video pinned to the top of this page you will see a figure of Tutankhamun on a skiff throwing a ...
10/05/2020

At 1.02 minutes, in the video pinned to the top of this page you will see a figure of Tutankhamun on a skiff throwing a harpoon. This figure depicts Tutankhamun standing aboard a papyrus raft, the earliest form of watercraft on the Nile. His right arm is raised, ready to strike with a harpoon, while his left is outstretched with a rope that would be fastened to the weapon.

In this guise, Tutankhamun has taken on the form of Horus, fighting his murderous uncle, Seth, who had tried to usurp the crown. Seth does not appear here but is clearly implied. He would be imagined as a hippopotamus, the most dangerous animal in the Nile River. Images of hippopotamus hunting, a perilous sport, appear in Egyptian art beginning with the Predynastic Period. In New Kingdom tomb paintings, the tomb owner might appear very much as Tutankhamun does here, ready to deliver a fatal strike to the enraged hippo.

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According to Egyptian belief, every person had a ka. The basic meaning of ka seems to have been “life force”. The ka of ...
06/05/2020

According to Egyptian belief, every person had a ka. The basic meaning of ka seems to have been “life force”. The ka of the king or queen was different from that of any other person. It was a divine element, inherited from his (or her) forefathers.
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At 54 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to the top of our page) you will see the Ostrich Hunt Fan.Fans were obje...
03/05/2020

At 54 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to the top of our page) you will see the Ostrich Hunt Fan.

Fans were objects of prestige in ancient Egypt and serving as “fan bearer on the right side of the king” was a great honour. They provided both shade and breeze in Egypt’s hot climate and were thus closely associated with the breath of life.

One side of the fan shows the strong young king charging along in his chariot while a hunting dog keeps pace. Tutankhamun draws his bow to shoot a pair of ostriches desperately trying to flee. An arrow has pierced the neck of one bird, while the other has fallen. Behind the king, an anthropomorphic ankh runs along carrying a fan very much like this one. The reverse side shows the successful royal hunter returning home. The birds lie draped over the shoulders of his attendants, and the horses prance, as if ready for another chase. In the inscription Tutankhamun is described as “lord of might” - his prowess at the hunt providing evidence of his strength.

The king may have been a good hunter in life. The inscription on the stock indicates that he hunted ostriches in the desert near Heliopolis with one of those hunts having provided feathers for this fan.
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Meet Howard Carter, world-famous British archaeologist and Egyptologist. Carter was charmed by ancient Egypt from childh...
29/04/2020

Meet Howard Carter, world-famous British archaeologist and Egyptologist. Carter was charmed by ancient Egypt from childhood. It was while marvelling Lord Amherst of Hackney's collection of Egyptian antiquities that his passion was born.
Fascinated by archaeology, he was just 17 when he was hired by Percy Newberry from the Egypt Exploration Fund and only 20 when he makes his first discovery, a beautiful white statue of Pharaoh Montuhotep II.

At age 25, he became Inspector General of Monuments in Upper Egypt at the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities. It was in 1907 that he was hired by Lord Carnavon - a meeting that would lead to one of the most monumental discoveries in history: the tomb of Tutankhamun.
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At 0.31 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to the top of our page)This calcite box contains a piece of linen with...
26/04/2020

At 0.31 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to the top of our page)

This calcite box contains a piece of linen within which was wrapped two balls of human hair (possibly from Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun), animal hair (possibly from a horse), and an ivory pomegranate which, due to its large number of seeds, symbolised sexuality.

Some scholars believe that the contents were part of a ritual contract which had been undertaken by Tutankhamun and his queen at the king’s coronation. The inscription gives the names of the royal couple. The king’s titles are (left and centre) “Good god, lord of the Two Lands and son of Re, lord of the diadems,” and the queen’s (right) as “great royal wife.” The inscription after the king’s cartouches reads “given life forever and ever.” The queen’s name is followed by “given life and be fruitful.”
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"At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley; a magnificent tomb with seals intact; re-covered same for your arrival...
22/04/2020

"At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley; a magnificent tomb with seals intact; re-covered same for your arrival; congratulations.”

Telegram from Howard Carter to Lord Carnarvon on November 5, 1922.
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At around 31 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to top of our page) you will see the Linen Gloves.These linen glo...
19/04/2020

At around 31 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to top of our page) you will see the Linen Gloves.

These linen gloves, woven with a scale pattern of alternating red and blue bands, may have been worn by Tutankhamun in the cool Memphis winter, the area he lived much of his life. They may also have been worn while driving chariots out in the desert, to better grip the leather reins.

Carter’s team laid one of this pair flat and treated it chemically for conservation. The other remains neatly folded.

The earliest evidence for the wearing of gloves in Egypt is seen in the reign of Tutankhamun’s father, Akhenaten. A pair was among the gifts that Akhenaten granted to the chief of his chariotry, Ay. A scene depicting this gifting appears in the tomb created for Ay at Amarna.
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⚠️Latest Update! The exhibition remains closed. 😢Please sign up to the newsletter on our website or follow us on social ...
17/04/2020

⚠️Latest Update! The exhibition remains closed. 😢

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At around 36 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to top of our page) you will see a Model Solar Boat.Thirty-five m...
15/04/2020

At around 36 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to top of our page) you will see a Model Solar Boat.

Thirty-five model boats were found in the tomb. From the Early Dynastic Period onward, boats were important elements of royal funerary kit. At Giza, two huge boats of imported cedar wood, complete with cabins and steering oars, were dismantled and buried in pits next to the Great Pyramid. Recent study has proven that they represent the two solar boats: the night barque (mesektet) and the day barque (mandjet).

By the New Kingdom, the burial of actual boats had been replaced by models, such as the one shown here. This model takes the form of a divine boat, which often reflected the shape of the Nile’s first watercraft, papyrus rafts. This model, inscribed with Tutankhamun’s names, represents one of the solar barques. He can be imagined occupying the built-in throne, where Re would also sit.
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13/04/2020
Tutankhamun is Egypt's best ambassador | Dr. Zahi Hawass

"We need Egypt to go back to the world, and the only one who can do that is King Tut"

-renowned Egyptologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass

🔈sound on!
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We wish you all a happy Easter in the safety of your homes! We hope the Howard Carters amongst you have fun hunting for ...
12/04/2020

We wish you all a happy Easter in the safety of your homes!
We hope the Howard Carters amongst you have fun hunting for your Easter egg treasures. 🍫🥚
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10/04/2020

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At around 23 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to top of our page) you will see a couple of containers.These cur...
09/04/2020

At around 23 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to top of our page) you will see a couple of containers.

These curiously shaped wooden boxes contained food provisions for the afterlife; beef— the most highly prized protein source in ancient Egypt— as well as the meat of goats and sheep including cuts of rib, joints, and a beef tongue. Staples of poultry; duck and goose, were also provided.

Elsewhere in the tomb Carter found twenty-six jars of wine, an abundance of honey, fruit, nuts, seeds, and spices, and the staple of all Egyptian social classes, bread.

Examination of Tutankhamun’s mummy with modern technology has informed us that the king ate well in life, as one might expect for a royal son. The abundance of food in the tomb would have ensured that he continue to do so in the afterlife.
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#funforkids Did you know? The earliest record of juggling was found on an ancient Egyptian tomb painting!Learn to juggle...
08/04/2020

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Did you know? The earliest record of juggling was found on an ancient Egyptian tomb painting!

Learn to juggle like an Egyptian with our step by step guide.
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At around 17 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to top of our page) you will see the Bronze Torch Holder.Howard C...
07/04/2020

At around 17 seconds of our virtual tour video (pinned to top of our page) you will see the Bronze Torch Holder.

Howard Carter found four almost identical torch holders standing on one of the ritual beds in the Antechamber.

Torches with wicks of linen were used to light the palace. They were also used to help workmen see in the dark depths of tombs. Besides their practical use, torches also served magical functions. In the Book of the Dead spell 137B, a spell for lighting a fire for the deceased, the flame represents one of the eyes of Horus and saps the strength from Horus’s opponent, the god Seth. Torches were also placed on the magical bricks that were inserted into the niches of burial chamber walls.

In one example, human arms reach out from the bronze ankh to hold a linen wick. Although it is one of the most common Egyptian symbols and its meanings (“life,” “mirror”) are well known, Egyptologists still debate what the ankh sign actually represents. Suggestions range from a sandal strap to a ceremonial girdle. Some believe it might be a combination of symbols for “male” and “female.”
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06/04/2020

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Monday challenge: journey through the maze to reach the centre of the pyramid
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Around eighty vases and other vessels were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. The vessels you see here are formed of calcite, ...
05/04/2020

Around eighty vases and other vessels were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. The vessels you see here are formed of calcite, also known as Egyptian alabaster, a commonly-used material as it was soft and could be carved into elaborate forms. The vessels held scented unguents and oils with which the king would have been anointed.

The Unguent Vase with Papyrus and Lotus Flower Design is one of the most detailed examples. One of the stand legs had been broken in antiquity, perhaps during the robbery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Its contents, a fatty substance, would have been more valuable to the thieves than the vessel itself. Palm ribs form the decoration on either side of this vase. These rib markings were used to denote time – a notch cut for each year of a king’s reign.

Below the palm rib the sign for “100,000” is perched on shen rings (“eternity”). Between the ribs and the vase are floral forms - a clump of papyrus growing from a lily flower. These two plants; papyrus and lily represent Lower Egypt and Upper Egypt, respectively.

Thus the design signifies a wish for the king to rule over the entire country forever.
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04/04/2020
VIRTUAL TOUR

As the exhibition remains closed until further notice we have created a short taster video tour which includes a selection of our favourite artefacts, that you can take from home!

We know it’s not the same as seeing them in real life, but we hope you enjoy, and stay tuned as, over the next few days we’ll explore the artefacts included in detail.

You can also find the artefacts here: https://tutankhamun-london.com/see-do/
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Isis, goddess of magic, was the sister and wife of Osiris.Thanks to her magical powers she revived Osiris’ body after he...
03/04/2020

Isis, goddess of magic, was the sister and wife of Osiris.

Thanks to her magical powers she revived Osiris’ body after he was murdered by Seth.
She protected her son Horus until he was old enough to challenge his uncle Seth for the throne.

Isis is also protector of deceased souls through their journey to the netherworld.
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#funforkidsColour this : Lapis Scarab PectoralPost your artwork on Facebook and tag us @Tutankhamun London!Head over to ...
02/04/2020

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Head over to our website for more fun and educational games to entertain your children during lockdown - from our friends at National Geographic Kids
https://tutankhamun-london.com/learn-about-tutankhamun-for-kids/
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Originally a god of the moon, Thoth acquired duties as a god of writing, knowledge, and wisdom.He helped heal Horus’s ey...
31/03/2020

Originally a god of the moon, Thoth acquired duties as a god of writing, knowledge, and wisdom.

He helped heal Horus’s eye after Seth wounded it, and advocated for Horus as the gods tried to decide who should inherit the throne. He also served as a divine messenger and counsellor.
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I do think it's sad that the exhibition didn't reopen while the gallery itself has reopened.
I've heard the exhibition is now open in Spain. We lost several months due to Covid and the gallery wouldn't reopen so the UK lost out.
I was hoping to be able to see the exhibition now that the restrictions imposed by the virus are being lifted. Was lucky enough to have seen the exhibition at the British Museum, also the exhibition at the O2. Since you have decided not to extend (and I appreciate your reasons) do you have any left over guides or catalogues available to buy?
Hi, Is the exhibit still open? As it was due to end in May is there a new date before the Tutankhamun event is closed and sent to Boston?
Any news on when the exhibition might be open again.
As museums are allowed to reopen tomorrow will extra time to given to london for visitors to see tutankhamun? Or will he be leaving?
I've just read that you may have been granted some extra days to hold the exhibition. Please tell me that's the case