“One fact surprised me, and it was the smallness opening compared to other common graves in the Valley. The design was evidently of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Could it be, perhaps, the tomb of a nobleman buried there with real authority?
Was it a hideout, a secret place that had moved the mummy of a king and his treasure onto the grounds of a second? Or was it the tomb of a king, which I had been looking for so many years?
“At first I could not see anything because the hot air coming out of the camera flash made the candle flame, but then, when my eyes adjusted to the light, details of the interior of the room emerged slowly from the darkness: strange animals, statues, gold, everywhere the glint of gold.
For a moment it must have seemed eternal to the others who were waiting, I was stunned by the surprise and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to bear the uncertainty any longer, inquired anxiously, “Can you see anything?” All I could do was to say: “Yes, wonderful things.”(Source: “The Tomb of Tutankhamen,” Howard Carter).
Exhibition “The Tomb, Gold and the Curse of Tutankhamen”
On November 4, 1922 English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter found the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, still the best preserved of the Valley of the Kings.
Brought to Mexico by the UNAM Foundation, headed by Rafael Moreno Valley, the exhibition opened its doors on May 4, 2011 at the Palace of Autonomy at UNAM.
It is comprised of more than 200 reproductions, among which are the death mask, sarcophagus, the throne and Tutankhamen’s royal diadem; all were recreated by hand by Italian artists based on the specifications of the original remains, and under the authorization of the Council of Antiquities in Egypt.
Identical to the Cairo Museum, policy of preservation instituted by the Egyptian government, it does not allow the transfer of any of his collections, this exhibition features a mounting system supported by a sound and light system that envelops the visitor and allows you to imagine the feeling and solemnity of the moment when Howard Carter entered the burial chamber of Pharaoh.
The exhibition is divided into four themes:
“Religious traditions”, “Mummification”, “Funeral rites” and “Jewelry founded in the tomb of Tutankhamen”.
The exhibition also addresses the issue of the legend of the curse that has engulfed those who entered the tomb of the boy pharaoh giving rise to stories that fired the popular imagination exacerbated by many other writers and journalists. (Interesting fact: Howard Carter died in 1939 at age 65, 17 years after its discovery!). The proceeds will go towards college scholarships.
The president of the UNAM Foundation, Rafael Moreno Valley, said all proceeds from the shows will go to college scholarships. Currently, UNAM supports more than 24,000 trainees and the demand continues to grow.
Address and entry fee: Palace of the Autonomy of the UNAM:
Calle Licenciado Truth No. 2. Guatemala corner. Centro Histórico, Mexico City.
$ 100 80 pesos, Children: $ 60 pesos.
THE INFLUX OF VISITORS ALLOWED DEFINES THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION.