Tuesday, July 24, 2012

King Tut Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle

As part of our most amazing weekend, we went to see the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center.

The lighting wasn't that great for picture taking, but we did the best we could!  Overall, it was pretty impressive!  It amazed me that all of these artifacts were made specifically for burial - they must have spent their entire lives preparing for death.  On one of the signs inside it said that there were over 5,000 objects found in King Tut's tomb, and it took the discoverer 10 years to identify and catalog all of his findings.  What was displayed in the exhibit was only a sampling of what was found.

 They even made special sarcophagi boxes for their cats! (A different kind of cat box. lol)

 Not a great picture, but I thought this lady was quite lovely.

 And you can't tell by this picture, but this statue was enormous!  A normal sized person would be shorter than the red box it's standing on.

 There was quite a number of beautiful gold necklaces like this one.  The top part is a counter weight that has it's own intricate design, and the bottom part is decorated with lapiz lazuli scarabs.  Gorgeous!

 This is one of several model ships that were buried with King Tut.  It was believed that they would magically become life size and carry the King into the afterlife.

This is the outer sarcophagus that is made of wood and painted.  Inside were three more sarcophagi that were made of pure gold!  We didn't get to see the gold ones, apparently they want to keep those in Egypt.

Below are pictures of our favorite piece in the exhibit.  It's a miniature canopic sarcophagus.  There were four of them buried with the Pharaoh that contained his organs.  This particular one contained his stomach.  It's made of pure gold and inlaid with precious gem stones.  Inside it's inscribed with hieroglyphic quotes from The Book of the Dead.

And this is the golden head covering that was on the mummy of King Tut.  How amazing!

And when we stepped out of the exhibit we had this awesome view of the Space Needle!  And it was a perfect summer evening with a gentle breeze.  Fantastic!

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