The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, August 30, 2014


Tutankhamun's Funeral Exhibition at the Met will Explore Materials and Rituals
Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass talks to the media next to the displayed mummy of King Tut's grandmother Queen Tiye, seen through a glass case during a press conference at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, February 17, 2010. Two years of DNA testing and CT scans on King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and 15 others have provided the cause of death and the firmest family tree yet for Tut - pointing to Pharaoh Akhenaten as Tut's father, Akhenaten's sister as Tut's mother, and Queen Tiye as Tut's grandmother. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih.
NEW YORK, NY.- In 1908, while excavating in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, American archaeologist Theodore Davis discovered about a dozen large storage jars. Their contents included broken pottery, bags of natron (a mixture of sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium sulphate, and sodium chloride that occurs naturally in Egypt), bags of sawdust, floral collars, and pieces of linen with markings from years 6 and 8 during the reign of a then little-known pharaoh named Tutankhamun. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was given six of the vessels and a good part of their contents in 1909.

In time, Herbert Winlock, curator and field director of the Metropolitan's Egyptian excavations and in the 1930s Director of the Museum, came to realize that the natron and linen were the embalming refuse from the mummification of Tutankhamun. He also suggested that the animal bones, pottery, and collars might have come from a funeral meal. Winlock's analysis was an important clue that led to Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb some 110 meters away.

Opening March 16 at the Metropolitan Museum, the exhibition Tutankhamun's Funeral will explore the materials and rituals associated with the burial of the pharaoh. The presentation will include some 60 objects, primarily from the Metropolitan's own collection.

The exhibition will feature jars, lids, bowls, floral collars, linen sheets, and bandages that were used at the pharaoh's mummification and the rites associated with his burial. Related objects will also be shown. These include a sculpted head of the youthful Tutankhamun and several facsimile paintings depicting funerary rituals. Archival photographs from the early 20th century by Harry Burton, the Museum's expedition photographer, will provide an evocative background.

Although few facts are known about the brief life of Tutankhamun (1336–1327 B.C.), scholars studying the funerary cache have been able to reconstruct details of his death and burial. For example, botanical analysis of the well-preserved, more than 3,000-year-old floral collars indicates that the plants they contain flower in Egypt between late February and mid–March. Since the complex process of mummification took about 70 days, it is now believed that Tutankhamun probably died in December or January.

Often called the "boy-king," Tutankhamun was about nine years old when he ascended the throne of ancient Egypt; he died approximately nine years later, possibly owing to causes that include disease and a broken bone. His death may have been unexpected, so that his own tomb was still unfinished; the rather small tomb in which he was actually buried had been started for another person, not for a king. Eventually, workmen's huts completely hid the entrance to the tomb, and its location was forgotten. The discovery of the storage vessels and the accurate identification of their contents were instrumental in leading Howard Carter to his great discovery.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Valley of the Kings | Herbert Winlock | Tutankhamun's Funeral Exhibition |


Today's News

February 24, 2010

After London and Before Madrid, the Grand Palais in Paris Welcomes Turner and the Masters

Two Intriguing Artworks, One Believed to be a Rare Honore Daumier, Up for Auction

Exhibition Re-Asserts Henry Moore's Position at the Forefront of Sculpture

Christie's Announces Impressionist and Modern Art Sale for March 10

Important Works from George Rickey's Estate at Marlborough

Prospect 2 New Orleans Postponed One Year Due to Economic Conditions

Tutankhamun's Funeral Exhibition at the Met will Explore Materials and Rituals

National Gallery Opens Exhibition of Major Loans of Paintings by Delaroche

Museum Shows Photographs by Former President of Yugoslavia

Philbrook Museum of Art Opens Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950

Sotheby's Announces Sale of the Rosenthal Collection of Oceanic Art

Museum of London Opens New Gallery Exploring a Tumultuous Century

New Work by Dutch Artist Jacco Olivier at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum to Present Exhibition That Celebrates "Running Fence"

Jonathan LeVine Gallery to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary with a Commemorative Group Exhibition

MoMA Presents Major Survey Premiering William Kentridge's Most Recent Work

Galerie Sherin Najjar Opens in Potsdamer Platz with Group Exhibition

Studio 8: A Space Dedicated to Young People at Irish Museum of Modern Art

Dr. Stephen J. Bury Appointed Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library

MoMA Presents First U.S. Installation of Yin Xiuzhen's Large-Scale Sculpture Collective Subconscius

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Neanderthals and humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years

2.- First major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy opens at LACMA

3.- Carlo Mollino's idealized vision of the female form in new book published by Damiani/Crump

4.- Tate Britain displays works by Frank Auerbach from the collection of Lucian Freud

5.- In grave robber territory, locals abuzz over Alexander-era tomb; Largest of its kind ever discovered in Greece

6.- Lambert Collection opens an ambitious project housed at the Sainte-Anne Prison

7.- Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore announces the first 18 artists in the CCA Residencies progamme

8.- Historic Kings Theatre is transformed into major New York Performing Arts venue

9.- Thirteen's American Masters Series co-produces new documentary about photographer Dorothea Lange

10.- Sotheby's New York to offer 548 Edward Weston photographs as a single lot this September

Related Stories



AXA Equitable donates Thomas Hart Benton's epic mural "America Today" to Met Museum

Exhibition of Forbidden City Treasures Goes on View at Metropolitan Museum in February

New Installation Features Cabinets and Caskets from Metropolitan Museum's Collection

New Installation Features Cabinets, Caskets, and Cases from Metropolitan Museum's Collection

Gifts Enhance Metropolitan Museum's Scholarly Activities in Cycladic and Early Greek Art

Metropolitan Museum to Undertake Major Redesign and Reconstruction of its Fifth Avenue Outdoor Plaza and Fountains

Metropolitan and Egypt Announce Initiative to Recognize Egypt's Title to Objects from Tut's Tomb

Alexander McQueen's Iconic Designs to be Celebrated in Spring 2011 at the Metropolitan

Sculptural Installations by Contemporary Icelandic Artist Katrin Sigurdardottir on View at Metropolitan

Innovative Furniture by American Designer Charles Rohlfs Displayed at Metropolitan Museum



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site