Friday, May 15, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The gold sandals that adorned the feet of the mummified Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun will depart Atlanta next week, along with 49 other objects from the ruler's tomb.
"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," an exhibition of artifacts from the tombs of King Tut and other Egyptian royalty spanning 2,000 years of history, is in its final weekend engagement at the Atlanta Civic Center before opening in June at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
Statues, jewelry, funerary masks, busts, coffins and other artifacts are on display in a visual presentation of the lives of some of the most powerful rulers of ancient Egypt, including Khefren, whose great pyramid is the only remaining structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Hatshepsut, the queen who became king, and Psusennes I, whose gold death mask is a highlight of the exhibition.
One of the four gold and precious-stone-inlaid canopic coffinettes that contained King Tut's mummified internal organs is also on display as well as a 10-foot statue that may have stood at his mortuary temple and retains much of its original paint. The statue is the largest image of young ruler ever discovered.
To see "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," before the exhibition leaves Atlanta, call 404-880-3242 or visit www.atlantaciviccenter.com for ticket information. Advance reservations are recommended.
SideBar: If you go
· What: "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs"
· When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admittance) today through Sunday with the exhibit closing at 9 p.m.
· Where: Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta
· Cost: $32.50 for general admission
· For more information: Call 404-880-3242 or visit www.atlantaciviccenter.com