Sunday, November 8, 2009

King Tut Da Bomb!

The King Tut exhibit in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon was packed with lines of people, but the exhibit itself wasn't too crowded to take long looks at the 3,000+ year old objects. This exhibit was far better then the Hatshepsut exhibit two years ago when the De Young first opened.

They began by taking us into a tomb showing a brief movie my Omar Sharif. Though they claim this is a scaled down version from the original exhibit from the 1970's, there is plenty of stuff to see. Our favorite object of the exhibit was the bust mannequin of King Tut. From the side it looked very realistic.

My favorite room was the final one, where all the solid gold statues, crowns and jewels were. Instead of the real mummy, they used a primitive version of a hologram and showed various layers of the mummy. In the future, they might consider a four dimensional holographic version of the mummy they'd be able to generate from computers. It was still well done to show you what King Tut's mummy looked like.

My friend's other favorite object I think was the solid gold dagger and case buried at King Tut's side. My favorite object was the gold crown they placed on the King Tut's mummy's head.
It was amazing! My other favorite piece was the model boat placed in the tomb. It still had the paint! The wood was mostly in fairly good condition that was amazing.

Model Boat in King Tut's Tomb Still Had Its Paint

Archeologist's are linking King Tut now as the possible son of Akhenaten (formerly Amenhotep IV, the guy changed his name!), the weird looking Pharaoh who converted to a type of communal guru. I once did a write up on this Pharaoh on my former website. I never dreamed I'd ever see the actual inscriptions of the famous photo I showed of Akhenaten worshipping the sun god Aten.

Akhenaten may have had the disease hyperpituitrism that caused elongated facial features.

Akhenaten apparently had some vision of the sun being the only God as the first monotheistic view recorded in civilization history. His wife was also none other than Nefertiti considered one of the most beautiful Egyptian bust statutes, and certainly one of the most famous.

Akhenaten essentially abandoned Egypt leaving the Karnak to set up his own sun worshipping commune. Egypt eventually declared him the "damned one" for bringing their country to near ruin. Apparently King Tut as Akhenaten's son survived whatever happened and was brought back to attend to a king's duties.

People speculate King Tut's mysterious death of which they are still unsure how he died exactly, was from a rival and overseer of his majesty's affairs. Many think Aye murdered King Tut to take over the thrown. Others believe it was a hunting accident since the boy King liked to take off on his own hunting on his chariot.