King Tut Golden Pharaoh Exhibit: Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario
The Golden Pharaoh Exhibit will debut exclusively at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario November 24, 2009 to April 2010.
When visitors arrive at the AGO, they will first be greeted by a 26-foot statue of Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, towering over them outside the Gallery entrance. The exhibition tour experience includes a documentary narrated by award-winning actor Harrison Ford sponsored by National Geographic.
Four sections of the AGO will be devoted to King Tut's 10 year reign. Tutankhamun ruled Egypt from 1334 to 1325 BC. His mysterious death at age 19 continues to intrigue millions of people around the world.
Organizers in charge of the recent showcase say that record crowds of roughly 750,000 visitors packed the AGO 30 years ago to see the first Tut exhibition and anticipate a larger crowd this time. Since the King Tut exhibit was announced in April 2009, the Gallery has seen a large influx in new members. You can preregister for the exhibit.
King Tutankhamun's Mysterious Death
King Tutankhamun was one of the few kings worshiped as a god and honored with a cult-like following in his own lifetime. His is tomb was in almost perfect condition when it was found.
New scientific discoveries, x-ray analysis and three-dimensional CT scans of King Tut's mummy emerged from an Egyptian research and conservation project, partially funded by the National Geographic Society. These provide gallery visitors with new insight into Tutankhamun's life and death.
A new x-ray analysis of the remains conducted by a trauma specialist at Long Island University suggest King Tut may have not been murdered in his sleep, but died instead from an infection caused by a broken leg.
The x-rays displayed a thickening of a bone in the cranium, which could occur only after a build-up of blood. The examining scientists suggested that the king was most probably hit on the back of his head while asleep and nursing an injured leg. The injuries indicate that the King might have bled for two months internally before he died.
History of King Tut's Tomb Excavation
More than 87 years have passed since the mummy of King Tut was found. In 1922, Howard Carter and the wealthy Lord Carnarvon discovered a hidden door that led to the main chamber. There was a secret storage room in the burial chamber where the real mummy of King Tut had been laid to rest.
Many workers died excavating King Tut's tomb due to an airborne bacteria sealed in the tomb that fed on organic matter and killed the workers when it got into their lungs. This "curse" has become nearly as infamous as the golden king himself.