Tutankhamun, otherwise known as "King Tut" is winding down his visit to the South Carolina State Museum. The King Tut exhibit is composed of 124 replicas of artifacts found in King Tut's tomb and it will close on Sunday, June 1.
According to JoAnn Zeise, the Museum's History Curator, the artifacts were made by craftsmen in the Pharaonic Village in Egypt which she described as "an Egyptian Williamsburg."
Among the items on exhibit are:
• Tut's mummy
• His funerary mask
• The Anubis Shrine
And many others.
"This is an opportunity to see Egyptian craftsmanship and, besides, it's cheaper than flying to Cairo and seeing the real thing." Zeise also mentioned that it is highly unlikely that the real artifacts will ever leave Egypt again."They were pretty beaten up when they went on tour 25 years ago."
There is a separate charge to see the exhibit. Further information and online ticketing are available here.
The Museum is located at 301 Gervais Street. Click here for further admission information.Bear in mind that the Museum is still under construction and the entrance is on the west, or river, side of the building.
If you would like to receive email updates when new articles are posted, please click the "subscribe" button at the bottom of the page.
If you enjoyed this article, please check my Examiner page here.
King Tut's mask
This iconic funerary mask has become the logo of the King tut exhibit. All the artifacts in the King Tut exhibit are replicas made by Egyptian craftsmen.
The canoptic shrine
The canoptic shrine kept the internal organs of Pharaoh in separate canoptic urns. The selected organs were preserved in this shrine. Oddly enough, the brain and heart were not among them.
These papyrus sandals bore images of Pharaoh's enemies. In
Egyptian culture, anything that touched the ground was a mark of major disrespect.
The mummy of King Tut, like everything else in the exhbiti, is a replica and not the real thing. The ancient Egyptians used salt in the mummification process.
Tut's Mummy case
Thi elaborate case was for Tut's Mummy. It has several symbols of Egypt including the Cobra and the Vulture, symbols of lower and upper Egypt, showing that Egypt was united at the time of King Tut.