The young boy grabbed his mirror in time to watch a tear roll down his chin before it landed unto the polished stone floor. The child let out a huge sigh as he plopped into his elaborately decorated chair desperately seeking escape from the weight of the world resting upon his shoulders.
The boy looked around the room for something to relieve his mind from the memory of his dead father’s face. His eyes came to rest on one of his favorite board games. He dumped the knucklebones, disks and cones from the hard-carved Senet set and called out to his half-sister…
As the mirage of the boy fades into the past, the most intimate objects of King Tut, the youngest Pharaoh in history, remain extraordinarily intact even after 3,300 years!
For a limited time over 150 of the young King’s personal belongings he used during life and while preparing for immortality are on display at the Los Angeles California Science Center.
World renowned Egyptian Archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass spoke passionately about King Tut and the mysteries of Egypt to members of the press gathered at the Science Center for a preview of the “Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.”
“Every time this King travels we know something new about him,” Dr. Hawass said.
Using state of the art scientific processes we have been able to determine the lineage, health and personal habits of the boy King Dr. Hawass said.
Dr. Hawass excitedly shared he feels confident another discovery will be found by his team currently searching in the Valley of the Kings for Tutankhamun’s widow… Ankhesenamun.
“We think that something soon will happen,” Dr. Hawass said. “This will give more attraction to your exhibit in this town.”
Dubbed as the real life Indiana Jones, Dr. Hawass has dedicated his life to finding and preserving Egyptian artifacts. His contagious enthusiasm has encouraged tourist to visit Egypt which he insists is safe and one of the most special places on earth to visit.
“There is no country in the world that has this magic like my country Egypt,” Dr. Hawass said.
The discovery of King Tut’s tomb is one of the greatest archeological finds in modern history. The wealth of knowledge gained from his life and death has renewed world-wide interest in the treasures Egypt has to offer.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was just a young child when Tut came to Los Angeles, but he said the experience of seeing the Boy King stayed with him and deeply influenced his lifelong love of everything Egyptian.
“To the people of Egypt first and foremost because these are your treasures we want to thank you for lending those treasures one more time to us,” Garcetti said.
With the construction of King Tut’s permanent resting spot at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Garcetti issued a warning for anyone wishing to see Tut to not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“For anybody who hasn’t bought tickets yet, this will be the last time that Tut comes to us,” Garcetti said.
Tickets for Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh are expected to sell out so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance. Please visit California Science Museum’s website for more information.