Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Exhibitions: Tutankhamun and Akhenaten
Video to accompany the Tutankhamun exhibition as it is being set up in Philadelphia. The video particularly features the so-called mannequin. The exhibition opens at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia on February 3rd 2007. (
"King Tut's (c. 1355-1346 B.C.) long journey through the afterlife continues, as now, more than 3,000 years after his death, he returns to the United States for the first time in almost three decades. (Well, in truth, it's Tut's possessions that travel, not the mummy himself, who still slumbers in the Valley of the Kings.) Many will remember Tut's explosion onto the American museum scene in 1976, creating the "blockbuster" show and making special exhibition admission a "hot ticket." Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, opening at The Franklin Institute on Feb. 3, includes 50 objects excavated from the boy-king's tomb, as well as some 70 objects from royal graves of his 18th Dynasty (1555 -1305 B.C.) predecessors, among them artifacts from the tomb of his great-grandparents."
" If you thought King Tut was a colorful character, you should meet his dad. The man believed to be the father of Tutankamun, the famous boy pharaoh, created a city called Amarna and introduced the belief in a single deity, the disk of the sun, called Aten. Akhenaten's experiment in monotheism was a dramatic departure from Egypt's tradition of worshipping a pantheon of gods. He is sometimes known as the "heretic" pharaoh and evoked the disdain of the priesthood. An exhibit about Akhenaten and his royal city of Amarna is now on display at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia."

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