Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs

Things you already know about the pharaoh Tutankhamun: He was a boy king, still in his teens when he died in the 14th century B.C. His gold-and-treasure-stuffed tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings was famously discovered in 1922 by the British archaeologist Howard Carter, and King Tut subsequently became the world's most famous mummy. Things you'll learn at the touring exhibit Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs: Tut was tiny (a woven bed and chair are nearly child-sized). He was well-accessorized (the intricately beaded necklaces and earrings are breathtakingly beautiful; a pair of Tut's gold sandals would go nicely with a lot of my summer dresses). His multi-chambered tomb, containing hundreds of figures of Egyptian gods, a sarcophagus for royal cats, and canopic jars that held Tut's inner organs, is probably bigger than your apartment (well, mine, anyway). But among the 100-plus artifacts on display, the most arresting object is the 10-foot quartzite statue of Tut in the entry foyer. Tut's actual body has never left Egypt (and likely never will), but this statue, the largest of Tut ever discovered, renders the tiny monarch on appropriately grand scale. ERIN K. THOMPSON

May 24-Jan. 6, 9:45 a.m.-6 p.m., 2012

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