Question: How exciting that Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is coming to Melbourne! Is his gold mask and sarcophagus going to be part of the exhibition?
Answer: Arguably one of the most famous and spectacular objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb is the pharaoh’s gold funerary mask, which is decorated with lapis lazuli and other semi-precious stones. The mask was placed directly over the face of Tutankhamun’s mummy before it was interred in his gold inner coffin.
Tutankhamun’s death mask and the inner coffin are on display in the Cairo museum along with many other relics from the tomb. His mummy still resides in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. They are not allowed to leave Egypt and, therefore, are not included in the exhibition.
But visitors will be able to see the intricate, gold canopic coffinette that held Tutankhamun’s mummified liver. This coffinette, a replica of Tutankhamun’s inner coffin, was one of the four canopic jars that held his linen-wrapped liver, lungs, stomach and intestines. The gold crown with semi-precious stones, which encircled the head of his mummy and the 7-foot long gilded sarcophagus of his great-grandmother Tjuya will also be on display.
There will also be an additional display area where the latest research and forensic analysis on Tutankhamun’s death is also presented, including an exact 3D replica of Tut’s mummified body.
Powerhouse Museum members get free entry to the museums, when they present their membership card and ID upon arrival. Unfortunately, they don’t get discounts to King Tut.
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Hi Heather - there are a great deal of gold objects and quite a few jewelled items as well - visitors can expect to spend around 90 minutes in the exhibition, but some may wish to spend longer!
Hello Gayle - Regarding exhibition ticket pricing, there are varying "peak" and "off peak” prices; a model that is an innovation for Melbourne but is already becoming common internationally for blockbuster exhibitions. The varying prices allow for lower prices during slower periods and slightly higher prices when demand is greatest. We hope to see you at the exhibition!
The exhibition is on at the Melbourne Museum until 6 Nov, 2011.
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