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A Mesmerizing Expedition into Tutankhamun’s 3,300-Year-Old Treasures

Tutankhamun, the famous pharaoh of ancient Egypt, stands as a paragon of a bygone era. He is the child king who came to the throne 3300 years ago and is famous for his treasures. It has been attracting people’s attention for 100 years due to its tragic life story and unsolved mysteries. The exhibition titled “Child King’s Treasures” will open in Istanbul on January 20, offering the opportunity to explore Tutankhamun’s belongings and his Ancient Egyptian experience. The exhibition will remain open until the end of March 2023.

Tutankhamun ruled at the end of the 18th dynasty during the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. He lived between 1332 BC and 1323 BC, ascending the throne at the age of 9 and dying suddenly at the age of 19. After his grave was found, many researchers were made about the cause of death, but a definitive conclusion could not be reached. Among the numerous artifacts found in his tomb were a solid golden coffin, golden face mask, thrones, bows, trumpets, lotus goblets, furniture, food, wine, sandals, and many other items. Known as the “funerary mask,” the golden mask is among the most magnificent of the items found in the tomb.

Tutankhamun’s treasure has been exhibited in many countries from Asia to Europe since its discovery. The Tutankhamun, Child King’s Treasures Exhibition has traveled the world’s major metropolises for more than 60 years and has garnered more than 40 million visitors. The exhibition, which will be opened in Istanbul, aims to present the best of history, culture, and art, honoring the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the treasure in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. One of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, Tutankhamun’s treasure is highly popular and revered worldwide. The treasure is famous for its wealth and inspiration it provides.

Ancient Egypt was one of the most influential civilizations in history, and Tutankhamun holds a significant place within it. Dr. ─░lber Ortayl─▒, a prominent historian, has stated the following about the palace and importance of Ancient Egypt:

  1. Ancient Egypt’s civilization was one of the most advanced and long-lasting civilizations in human history. It emerged around 3100 BC and endured for over 3,000 years until the Roman conquest in 30 BC.
  2. The Egyptians developed a complex society with a centralized government, advanced architecture, impressive engineering projects, and a rich cultural and religious tradition.
  3. The pharaohs, who were regarded as divine rulers, held immense power and were considered the intermediaries between the gods and the people.
  4. Tutankhamun, despite his short reign, became renowned due to the discovery of his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The treasures found within his tomb provided valuable insights into the art, craftsmanship, and beliefs of ancient Egyptians.
  5. The preservation of Tutankhamun’s tomb and its contents is a testament to the ancient Egyptians’ dedication to the afterlife and their belief in the importance of preserving the pharaoh’s body and possessions for eternity.
  6. Tutankhamun’s treasures, including his iconic golden mask, offer a glimpse into the opulence and sophistication of ancient Egyptian art and craftsmanship.
  7. The study of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the artifacts found within it has significantly contributed to our understanding of ancient Egyptian culture, religion, burial practices, and daily life.

Indeed, Tutankhamun’s reign coincided with a tumultuous period in Egyptian history. His father, Akhenaten (also known as Amenhotep IV), was a significant figure during the New Kingdom of Egypt. In the sixth year of his reign, Akhenaten decided to abandon the traditional capital of Egypt, Thebes, which housed the temples and religious establishments, and establish a new capital in the untrodden lands known today as Tell el-Amarna.

Akhenaten revolutionized the names of other gods from the temples and ordered the destruction of their images in order to establish the exclusive worship of the Aten, the sun disc. At the time, Aten was thought to have surpassed the other gods, even the powerful deity Amun. This religious shift is often considered the beginning of monotheistic beliefs in ancient history.

Akhenaten’s reign marked a significant departure from traditional Egyptian religious and artistic norms. The representations of gods and pharaohs changed dramatically, with a focus on naturalistic and elongated features in art. This period, known as the Amarna Period or Amarna Renaissance, was characterized by a distinct artistic style that deviated from the traditional Egyptian canon.

However, after Akhenaten’s death, his religious reforms were largely abandoned. The capital was moved back to Thebes, and the worship of Amun was restored. Akhenaten and his successors from the Amarna Period were often erased from historical records and their monuments defaced, as a means to reestablish the traditional religious order.

Indeed, one of Tutankhamun’s most well-known wives was the Mitanni princess, Nefertiti. After Akhenaten’s death, one of his sons, Tutankhamun, ascended to the throne at the age of 9. He also died at a young age. During his reign, Egypt reverted to its ancient polytheistic religion, and the priests of Amun regained their prominence. However, it is a fact that Tutankhamun is primarily known because of the discovery of his tomb in the 20th century and the subsequent fascination with Egyptian civilization. The excavation of his tomb provided an extraordinary glimpse into the art, wealth, and daily life of the ancient Egyptians.

Indeed, one of the most enigmatic figures in Egyptian history is Tutankhamun. The great pharaohs of Egypt, Thutmose, Amenhotep, and Akhenaten, have been extensively studied. It is stated that nothing belonging to the pharaohs was found in the tombs during those times, and that all of them were unaccounted for. However, Tutankhamun’s underground tomb is perfectly preserved, and when it was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, it held significant importance as the only pharaoh’s tomb that had survived without being looted.

When Pharaoh Tutankhamun died, his body was embalmed within 70 days. Valuable items from the King’s Luxor Home were taken to the cemetery numbered 69 and discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. Tutankhamun’s treasure had a great impact around the world and the artifacts found became symbols of Ancient Egypt. There are exact replicas of 409 works, specifically selected from the treasures in the exhibition held for Tutankhamun, also known as the ‘Golden King,’ because all of the items in his tomb were made of solid gold. These works illuminated many aspects of the history of ancient Egyptian civilization.

At the Child King’s Treasures Exhibition, world-famous golden death mask, coffin decorated with depictions of Egyptian goddesses Isis, Nephthys, Neith, and Selket, mummy inside the coffin, bed made of gilded wood, chariot, golden throne depicting his love with Tutankhamun’s wife Queen Ankhesenamun, child king while hunting hippopotamuses. There are statues depicting various furniture, horse-drawn carriages, weapons such as bows and arrows, and interesting artifacts such as the “dagger from outer space” made from a meteorite that fell in Anatolia. One of the genuine artifacts, which is stated to pay a role in a role in Tutankhamun’s death at a young age, was causing him to limp on one of his feet. For this reason, examples of his walking sticks and replicas of hundreds of other pieces, which were astonishing when his grave was found, are on display.

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