See & Do
TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh unveils more than 150 original objects from the tomb with 60 pieces travelling out of Egypt for the first and last time. Below are 10 highlighted artefacts that are on display at Saatchi Gallery.
The World-famous Gold Coffinette
This coffinette, beautifully inlaid, was used to store the liver of Tutankhamun. The organs were dealt with separately from the body during the mummification process. Each organ had their own coffinette.
Gilded Wooden Naos
This is one of the most fascinating objects discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb. The small gilded wooden shrine has decorations that show the royal couple — Tutankhamun and his wife — in a scene that reveals intimacy.
Gold Inlaid Hands Holding the Crook and Flail
One of the many stunning objects of precious material found within the mummy’s layers of wrapping. The crossed position of the hands, the sceptre and the flail identify Tutankhamun with Osiris, god of the dead.
Tutankhamun on the back of a Panther
This large statuette depicts Tutankhamun standing on the back of a panther. The panther represents goddess Mafdet, who protects the sun during its journey at night.
Gold Inlaid Pectoral
Lapis lazuli scarabs dominate the imagery of this bulky pectoral. The centrepiece is the morning barque of the sun, where two uraei flank the largest scarab, above which is a carnelian solar disk. The back of this piece of jewelry is equally remarkable. The flat gold backs are molded to form realistic images of the underside of the beetles.
Ceremonial Shield of Tutankhamun
This impressive ceremonial shield shows the traditional image of the pharaoh slaughtering his enemies. Here Tutankhamun is depicted in the shape of a sphinx trampling on Nubian prisoners. The shield was used for ceremonial rather than practical purposes. It is travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.
Silver Military Trumpet
Inside the tomb of Tutankhamun, Howard Carter discovered two trumpets, including this partly gilded silver trumpet, which was found inside the burial chamber of the king.
Life-size Guardian Statue of the King
Two life-size, dramatic guardian statues flanked the sealed entrance to Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. Until the discovery of his gold funerary mask, these figures represented the boy king in the popular imagination. One of these gilded wooden masterpieces has left the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for the first time.
This ceremonial bed was probably made especially for Tutankhamun’s funeral. The carved lion feet represent the most powerful animal in the ancient Egyptian cosmology. The carvings of gods on the bed’s headboard provided protection for the king, keeping him safe from the dark forces intent on harming him.
Gold Ba Bird Pectoral
This human-headed bird represents a ba, the aspect of an individual that flew from the body at the moment of death. The deceased’s ability to reach the afterlife depended on the ba reuniting with the body and the ka (“life force”). The craftsman created the human face of this beautiful artefact with exquisite sensitivity.