Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition

There is no Pharaoh more iconic than Tutankhamun, his turquoise striped death mask a blazing symbol of the Egyptians’ wealth, culture and advanced civilisation. For the first time in the history of Egyptology, more than 150 pieces from the treasure chest of the boy-Pharaoh are on display in La Grande Halle de La Villette to mark the 100 year anniversary since British archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered the tomb from the Valley of Kings in Egypt’s sun-baked south. Amongst the jewellery, sculptures of deities and ceremonial coffins, visitors are taken on a journey through the intense rituals and beliefs of a scarcely understood civilisation. Fifty of the objects on display have never before left Egypt and at the exhibition’s close, will be housed permanently at the Great Egyptian Museum, currently being built in the Giza Plateau. These precious treasures are the pinnacle of humanity’s cultural heritage: from splendid death masks of the guardians who guarded the Pharaoh’s sarcophagus to impossibly detailed statues crafted from lapis lazuli and gold. On loan from the Louvre is the speckled diorite statue of the god Amun, the boy King’s protector and namesake. Entry tickets are pricey but in light of each artefact’s life span and miraculous preservation, this impressive exhibition is well worth the cost.
La Villette Paris