Monday, December 14, 2009

Tut Show


Outside the Art Gallery of Ontario in December sleet, colossal Anubis guards the treasures within. The King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs show is a wonder and very much worth the expense to visit. For my full review, check out my article on Examiner.com (I'm their new Toronto Cultural Travel Examiner) and while you're there, subscribe!
The story of Tut is actually the story of two boys: the mysterious Egyptian Boy Pharaoh and another, more modern, English boy who would grow up to discover his tomb.  Howard Carter (1874-1939) was a sickly son of humble origins, his father a draughtsman who educated him as an artist.  In 1891, seventeen-year-old Howard was hired by the Egypt Exploration Fund to document finds and left his drizzly homeland for the first time, making the expedition to strange, sweltering Alexandria.
By the age of 25, diligent Howard had attained the position of Inspector General of Monuments for Upper Egypt, his duties including the overseeing of all Nile valley excavations.
It wasn't a straight-up trajectory to the discovery of Tut's tomb in 1922, though, or afterwards. The fascinating Find a Grave website tells Carter's story very well.  It's a story just as surprising as Tutankhamun's.

1 comment:

  1. 一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。.........................

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