Saturday, August 22, 2009

Day 76 , Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt(4)

Wow, Egypt has been mind blowing thus we have arrived in Cairo.

Upon arrival, the choreographed chaos here just hits you like a ton of bricks!!! It doesn't take long, however, to acclimatise to Cairo's wall of noise, snarl of traffic, cry of hawkers and blanket of smog, and get drawn into the hypnotising charm of this pulsating metropolis. Known to its nearly 20 million residents as Um ad-Dunya (Mother of the World), modern Cairo is a hotchpotch of recent growth barely superimposed on a dense bed of history.

Our first stop is the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

......we want to see King Tut!
The majority of the world has come to know the tomb of King Tutankhamun better than any royal tombs because unlike the others, it was found mostly intact.
Inside the tomb, there is a large collection of artifacts used throughout the King's life.

These artifacts range from a decorated chest, which was most likely used as a closet or suitcase, to ivory and gold bracelets, necklaces, and other decorative jewelry, to alabaster vases and flasks.

The tomb is also home to many weapons and instruments used by the King.

Although the tomb holds over 3,500 artifacts, it should be noted that this tomb was not found completely intact.

In fact, there have been at least two robberies of the tomb, perhaps soon after Tutankhamun's burial.

Are there it is , the most well known artifact in King Tutankhamun's tomb, the famous Gold Mask, which rests over the bandages that wrap around the King's face.

The mask weighs in at 24.5 pounds of solid gold, and is believed to represent what the King's face really looked like.

Many features of the mask the eyes, nose, lips and chin are all represented very well.....he was kind of cute, dont you think?

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