NEW YORK CITY -- King Tut, the boy
king who became the face of ancient Egypt, could easily have become a mere
footprint in time rather than one of the most famous names in history.
Though considered a God, he died at
age 19 with no great accomplishments to his name from his decade on the throne.
The reason Tutankhamun is so famous
now is the 1923 discovery of his tomb by archeologists – the only tomb from
ancient Egypt that had not already been stripped clean by grave-robbers.
The riches of that tomb quickly made
the name King Tut extremely well-known, but how many people have actually seen
the famous artifacts?
Pectoral made of gold, inlaid with silver, glass and semiprecious stones. It
depicts the king with the god Ptah and his wife, the goddess Sekhmet, both
reinstated by Tut.
At the Discovery Center at Times
Square New York City through January 17, there is an exhibit of a small portion
of the items found in King Tut’s tomb. There are 50 objects from the tomb and
about 80 more from his royal ancestors.
Some of the most interesting objects
from the exhibit are the ones that depict everyday life: a beautiful painted dog
collar, a worn and well-used chariot.
Sarah Haberlack and Emily Macklin,
both 14-year-olds from Massapequa, N.Y., said it was cool to see the
Egyptian culture firsthand.
While the most famous objects, such as
King Tut’s mummy and his burial mask, remained in Egypt, there were some
extremely cool objects that came to America for the exhibit.
For example, there was a coffin and
burial mask from one of his ancestors, both made of solid gold.
Symbols of Tut's royal rule, found in his tomb.