Tutankhamun, his tomb and his treasures; 20 September – 12 January
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.
Although the reign of Tutankhamun is often thought to have little historical importance, his monuments tell a different story. He began repairing the damage inflicted upon the temples of Amun during Akhenaten’s iconoclastic reign. He constructed his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, near that of Amenophis III, and one colossal statue still survives of the mortuary temple he began to build at Medinet Habu. He also continued construction at the temple of Karnak and finished the second of a pair of red granite lions at Soleb.
Uncertainty still surrounds his death. He may have been assassinated, or died as the result of an injury received while hunting.
An exhibition recreating his tomb is opening
from 20th September 2013 to 12th January 2014 at Palexpo Hall 7, Geneva with over 3500 sq metres of exhibition space.
Discover more than a thousand replica funerary items, exactly as found by archaeologists in 1922, in a reconstruction of the original find with a fantastic tour.
At the start of the exhibition, two films retrace the story of the young Pharaoh and the incredible discovery of his tomb.
Free audio guide (adult and child version, in French, German, English, Italian and Spanish).
Open every day (except for 24th, 25th and 31st December 2013 and 1st January 2014).
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 5.30 p.m.)
Tariffs: from CHF 16.- to 25.- (family admission price available). Children under 6 years admitted free of charge.
Tickets: Ticketcorner and FNAC. (Time-slot-tickets only available in advance).
Group tickets (+10 persons) : firstname.lastname@example.org or +41 (0)22 365 11 04
More information available on www.toutankhamon.ch