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December 22, 2009

King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs | AGO Art Gallery of Ontario

Photo of Anubis outside of AGO taken by Tiffany
Today my friend and I braved the cold weather and went to see the King Tut exhibit taking place at the Art Gallery of Ontario in downtown Toronto. And it was just wonderful, I really wish I was allowed to take photos but due to the preservation of artifacts it's not allowed. The exhibit showcases 130 remarkable pieces from the tomb of King Tut and ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history.

The exhibit is running until April 18th, 2010 so make sure you take the time and see it if you live in Toronto , or will be visiting Toronto within the next few months.

Tutankhamun (alternately spelled with Tutenkh-, -amen, -amon), Egyptian twt-ˁnḫ-ı͗mn; tVwa:t-ʕa:nəx-ʔaˡma:n (1341 BC – 1323 BC) was anEgyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled 1333 BC – 1324 BC in the conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. His original name, Tutankhaten, means "Living Image of Aten", while Tutankhamun means "Living Image of Amun". Often the name Tutankhamun was written Amen-tut-ankh, due to scribal custom which most often placed the divine name at the beginning of the phrase in order to honor the divine being. He is possibly also the Nibhurrereya of the Amarna letters. He was likely the 18th dynastyking 'Rathotis' who, according to Manetho, an ancient historian, had reigned for nine years — a figure which conforms with Flavius Josephus's version of Manetho's Epitome.

The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun's intact tomb received worldwide press coverage and sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun's burial mask remains the popular face. Read more here


Olivia said...

Thats awesome, Egypt's history is truly interesting & remarkable. The people were so advanced! Arrggh yep I know that feeling when you can't take photos...I could only imagine those beautiful, interesting & unique pieces! I frequent museums too, I'm in Jersey & I go to the that place especially checking out the Temple of Dendur, very cool! Braving the cold was worth it Tiffany! Its crazy cold here in Jersey, its too much & we expecting to get some more snow lol

AfricanOrchid said...

Wonderful exhibit. I actually went to it when it came to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1978-79. Yes, I know, I am dating myself here. haha. but I was a young girlie in high school at that time and it was one of the highlights of my high school years. That field trip was one of the best ones I ever went on. I still have the souvenirs i purchased from the gift shop. :-D

Would love to have gone to see it when it came back to New York a few years ago. oh well. I saw it and enjoyed every minute. Glad you had a wonderful time. I really enjoy your blog btw. :-)

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

I'm fascinated with Egyptian history, how wonderful you were able to see this exhibit!

Merry Christmas sweet friend, I hope is joyous and full of sweet memories!

Love and hugs,

Fly Girl said...

I saw this exhibit when it was in Chicago a few years ago, it is really spectacular. Did you notice the African features on many of the sculptures? I got into a discussion with the curator about how current Middle Eastern Egyptians do not represent the Africans of ancient Egypt.

Tiffany said...

@ Fly Girl- Oh yes, the African features are very visible, my friend who was with me, his features were an exacted match to a lot of the statues.

And the 1st thing he said when we walked into the exhibit was, why are most of the noses damaged ? I smirked when he said that, I was like I'll tell you after we leave.

@Karyn- Happy Holidays, you know I've been going to NYC since I was a baby and I still haven't managed to make my way over to the museums there it will be on the top of my list next time i hop over the border.

@African Orchid- Thanks and Happy Holidays.

@Olivia -Yup braving the cold was very worth it.

Happy Holidays everyone.!!

Olivia said...

Tiffany & Fly Girl thats solid talk you know, solid. It should be talked about because when you look at Ancient Egyptian sculptures the features are defined & vivid. When you look at the painted limestone bust of Nefertiti or even the miniature head of Queen Tiye, you see the beauty of the Africans of Ancient Egypt. When I see the damaged noses I scream inside, when you observe certain Ancient Egyptian sculptures no where else is damaged except the nose... I use to work with an Egyptian woman, she always spoke about her home country & how some of the people do not want to be recognized as black...blew my mind when she told me that..ok sorry for the rant, just wanted to chime in too! Happy Holidays to everyone.

Tiffany said...

Thanks for adding to the conversation Olivia it's always welcomed.

un petit lapin said...

Oh I love ancient Egyptian history! I went to Luxor this summer and saw his tomb and mask. Everything else was in Cairo museum, I'm sad I didn't get to go there but it was still a fun trip. The exhibition sounds really interesting!

PS Hope you have a great Christmas!


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