Art is divine

TOUTANKHAMON

TRESORS D'ETERNITE

GRANDE HALLE DE LA VILLETTE

Paris

 

From March 23 to September 15, 2019

 

TOUTÂNKHAMON

The Treasury of the Pharaoh

Micha Christos

Oudjat gold eye bracelet inlaid with lapis lazuli and obsidian

GEM 39159

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Gold, lapis lazuli, obsidian

Maximum diameter 5.30 cm; width

maximum 3.30 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, burial chamber

Figure of Horus in solar falcon on the team of horses

GEM 1875

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, gesso, gilding

Height (falcon) 18,50 cm; width (falcon)

7.80 cm; height (disc) 19 cm; width

(disc) 19.50 cm; length (pedestal)

16.50; width (pedestal) 5.80 cm; height

(pedestal) 4.50 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, antechamber

Wooden statue representing the king wearing the white crown

GEM 11550

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, gold leaf, gesso, black resin, copper alloy

Height (total) 68.50 cm;

width 13.50 cm; length 29 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, Treasure Chamber


O n the occasion of the centenary of the discovery of the tomb, the exhibition «Tutankhamen, the Treasury of the Pharaoh», opened in Paris on March 23, 2019, more than fifty years after «the exhibition of the century» of 1967 which had attracted more than 1.2 million visitors.

This is a unique opportunity to rediscover the history of the most famous pharaohs before this collection settles permanently in the new Egyptian Grand Museum in Cairo near the Khufu Pyramid in Giza. Indeed, at the end of this world tour, the 150 objects presented will join in 2020 their last home with all the treasures of Tutankhamun.

Gilded wooden statue chapel decorated with scenes depicting Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamon

GEM 199-1

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, gesso, gold leaf, silver

Height 50.50 cm; width 30.70 cm;

depth 48 cm

Gilded wooden fan with «ostrich hunt»

GEM 284

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, gold leaf

Length (total) 105.50 cm; length

(pole) 95 cm; height (fan) 10.50

cm; width (fan) 18,50 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, burial chamber


Wooden armchair inlaid with ebony and ivory Tutankhamun

GEM 378

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Ebony, ivory, gold leaf

Height 71.50 cm; width 40.60 cm;

depth 39.10 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, antechamber

Wooden guardian statue of king’s ka wearing nemes headdress

GEM 5

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, bitumen, gesso, gilding, copper alloy, limestone, obsidian

Height (total) 190 cm; width (total)

56 cm; height (figure) 173.20 cm; width

(figure, shoulders) 45 cm; width (face

before the kilt) 55 cm; diameter (at the waist) 71

cm; length (base) 99 cm; width (base)

33.50 cm; height (base) 16,50 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, antechamber

 

 

 

 

 

The ritual objects, jewels and sculptures that accompanied the young sovereign in his short life and death were discovered in his tomb intact on 4 November 1922, by the British archaeologist and Egyptologist, Howard Carter.

 

The successors of the child king tried to erase his name from the story, but it was not counting on this strange rendezvous 3,400 years after the reign of this pharaoh of the XVIIIth dynasty.

 

By sending these masterpieces on a world tour, Egypt gives proof of its ancient philosophy that death is a new birth. It perpetuates the memory of his pharaoh and his immortality.

 

The Valley of the Kings was a sacred site, surrounded by mountains and located on the west bank of the Nile in front of the modern city of Luxor. All the sovereigns of the New Egyptian Empire had their graves there.

 

In the tomb were stored small objects, such as bows and arrows, as the chariots of the Pharaoh, funerary beds, chests-chapels, or his magnificent set of sarcophagi.


Wooden chabti holding a flail and wearing a nemes headdress

  golden and a large necklace

GEM 171

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, gesso, gold leaf, bronze

Height 53.60 cm; maximum width

14.80 cm; maximum thickness 8,50 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, antechamber

Wooden shabti with ebony round wig

GEM 39126

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, copper alloy, gilding, paint

Height 54 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, Treasure Chamber

 

Calcite ointment vase with papyrus and lotus flowers

GEM 45

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Calcite, paint, resin

Height 65.50 cm;

maximum width 30,40 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, antechamber


Gilded wooden figure of Tata on an autographed pedestal

GEM 111

Wood, gesso, gold leaf, black resin, copper alloy, obsidian

Height (total) 70 cm; length

(pedestal) 22 cm; width (pedestal)

12.60 cm; height (pedestal) 5.80 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, Treasure Chamber

Gold chain and figurine depicting a squatting king

GEM 189

Gold, glass

Height (figure) 5.40 cm; length (string)

54 cm; diameter (chain) 0,30 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, Treasure Chamber

 

Gilded wooden figure of Séned on an autographed pedestal

GEM 110

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, gesso, gold leaf, black resin, bronze, calcite, obsidian

Height (total) 58 cm; length

(pedestal) 21.50 cm; width (pedestal)

12.20 cm; height (pedestal) 6,40 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, Treasure Chamber

The reign of Tutankhamen lasted only ten years on the throne and yet his tomb contained more than 5000 objects for his journey in the Beyond. 

 

Sacred pharaoh at the age of 9, on the death of his father Akhenaton, considered a heretic for having installed the cult of the unique god, Rê-Horakhty, the sun. During the reign of the very young sovereign, ancient traditions were restored, Memphis became the capital of the kingdom with the reopening of the temples to abandon the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt.

 

The high dignitaries and priests had never accepted the changes brought by Akhenaton and the youth of the child king allowed them to reinstate the old traditions.

However, if we look at the statutes of the young pharaoh, we see the artistic imprint of aesthetic canons imposed by his father. 

 

Indeed, unlike the art of the time of Ramses the Great, ruler of the nineteenth dynasty to the longest and richest reign in the history of Egypt, the body of Tutankhamun is represented with the same softness in the breasts and belly, following the rules that his father had established for his own representations and those of his own to be closer to an earthly reality instead of being closer to an ideal model according to the divine lineage of pharaoh.

 

Egyptian craftsmen were always masters in the manufacture of the most sophisticated objects to pay homage to the pharaoh, true god on earth.

Since the discovery by Carter, the techniques of science have made important discoveries about Tutankhamun’s life, his family and his treasure.

 

An unavoidable exhibition, a real initiatory 

and mythical journey.

Gilded Ankh mirror case inlaid with blue glass and carnelian

GEM 405

18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 - 1326 BC AD

Wood, gold leaf, silver leaf, glass, soapstone, carnelian

Length 27 cm; width 13.20;

depth 4 cm

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, KV62, Treasure Chamber