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May 8, 2010

Tutankhamun’s Funeral - Metropolitan Museum Exhibition

Art Exhibition > United States > New York > NYC

 

Tutankhamun's Funeral

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Through September 6, 2010

 

Buried near his tomb in around 1327 B.C., remains from the mummification and funeral of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun were unearthed in 1907 by the American businessman and excavator Theodore M. Davis, who in 1909 donated the objects to the Metropolitan Museum. This exhibition is showing the most important pieces from the Davis find. On display are pottery vessels from the funeral meal, linen sheets and bandages, bags of natron and sawdust from the embalming process, and some fine linen head covers worn by the embalmers. Highlights are the miraculously well-preserved collars of real flowers that must have been intended to adorn the mummy, but were not used. A sculpted head of the youthful Tutankhamun, facsimile paintings representing contemporary funerary rituals, and photographs by Harry Burton rounds out this intimate glimpse into what went on at the king's funeral.

The exhibition is made possible by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund. The catalogue is made possible by The Friends of Isis, Friends of the Department of Egyptian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tutankhamun's Funeral
March 16 - September 6, 2010

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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