These Objects Reveal Intimate Details of Tutankhamun's Life (Video)
Renowned Egyptologist Professor Joanne Fletcher curated a captivating exhibition in Barnsley, exploring the life of the famous pharaoh Tutankhamun. The exhibition not only celebrated Tutankhamun's world but also recognized the vital role played by the people of northern England in his rediscovery. On display were 12,000 Ancient Egyptian artifacts, usually housed in Bolton Museum. The collection showcased Tutankhamun's upbringing in Amarna as the son of Akhenaten and the early years of his reign. Luxurious wine goblets, fine linen clothing, and miniature household figures of deities revealed aspects of his opulent life and challenged the notion that Akhenaten eradicated the traditional gods. The presence of a tiny figure of Amun suggested that the old gods persisted and were privately worshipped within the new city.
While history often focuses on Tutankhamun's untimely death at 19, the exhibition aimed to celebrate his life. In the centenary year of the tomb's rediscovery, Jo Fletcher emphasized the importance of remembering Tutankhamun beyond his death. Through careful curation, the exhibition brought Tutankhamun's extraordinary life to the forefront, offering a glimpse into his captivating world, and honoring his legacy.
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Top image: Gold sandals and toe covers discovered in King Tut’s tomb, part of “The Discovery of King Tut" exhibition in New York City. (Mary Harrsch / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)