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Egyptian exhibition at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center

Last Friday, my husband and I met my mother and sister in Seattle. We were on a mission. The next day, at 9:30 a.m., a coterie of people were standing before the doors at the Pacific Science Center, north of downtown. We were there to see the National Geographic exhibition, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.”  The exhibition, which opened in May of this year, ends January 6. If you are interested, you may want to schedule a trip, as these artifacts are not scheduled to return to North America after the show closes.

One has to reserve a time slot and it turns out the best time to see it is right after it opens or just before it closes. Being part of the first  group meant no one was in front of us and the next group didn’t arrived for some time. Our group was small and we were able to study pieces without anyone pressuring us to move along. It is a dramatically staged show, too, and the elegant venue was a treat in itself. Dark, it was easy to forget anything else was there besides the statue in front of you. Non-flash photography is also allowed, which was surprising to me, so I photographed the whole show, save three or four pieces.

At present, I am working on a two-part slideshow of the photographs I took. The first segment will be posted on Monday and, in the meantime, the following photographs are a taste of what is to come…. My husband saw the King Tut show at the same venue back in 1978, so it was a real treat for him to see this show and he so wanted me to see it. We all enjoyed it immensely and I am so glad I have photographs to pore over now.

It was truly incredible to see, at close hand, carving marks on colossal statuary, hieroglyphs, and representations of people and animals from the many Egyptian dynasties. The regimentation and ritualization of this culture really sunk in. Had I not seen this Egyptian exhibition, it would have been a great personal loss. Of course, I would dearly love to travel to Egypt to see the gargantuan monuments, but I treasure having been able to see these. I was also amazed to learn that one of the pieces is made of unfired clay. Incredible! The fragment shown below is about eight feet tall…

An example from the Egyptian exhibition: Relief detail at the top of the fragment. Depicted is the falcon god, Horus, son of Isis, Egyptian god of the sun, protection, and war; patron god.

 

“Relief of Horemheb. Quartzite, Cairo (Heliopolis), New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Region of Horemheb (1343-1315 BCE). The last king of the 18th Dynasty, Horemheb removed the vestiges of the Amarna revolution and restored the traditional polytheistic religion. On this wall fragment, perhaps a scene related to coronation, he offers incense before the solar God Khepri, no longer visible.”

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