Tutankhamun, his tomb and his treasures; 20 September – 12 January

September 17, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

An exhibition dedicated to the tomb of Tutankhamun is starting this week in Palexpo, Geneva. Tutankhamun, the 11th pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt, was unremarkable, but became famous due to the discovery of his completely intact tomb by the British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s mummy revealed that he was about 17 when he died and was likely to have inherited the throne at the age of eight or nine. He is thought to have been the son of Akhenaten, commonly known as the ‘heretic king’. According to the most important document of Tutankhamun’s reign, the Restoration Stele, his father’s supposed reforms left the country in a bad state. Consequently the traditional gods, seeing their temples in ruins and their cults abolished, had abandoned Egypt to chaos. When Tutankhamun came to the throne, his administration restored the old religion and moved the capital from Akhetaten back to its traditional home at Memphis. He changed his name from Tutankhaten – ‘living image of Aten [the sun god]’ – to Tutankhamun, in honour of Amun. His queen, Ankhesenpaaten, the third daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, also changed the name on her throne to read Ankhesenamun. […]