King Tut Day
King Tut Day celebrates the date of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings on November 4, 1922.
Over 3,000 years ago, King Tutankhamun became the King of Egypt at the age of nine. He died at the age of 19 and was buried in a lavish, beautifully painted tomb filled with gold artefacts, statues, jewellery and even a chariot.
Among the treasures found was a dagger made from iron that came from a meteorite. The iconic mask is made from 18k and 24 k gold, measures 54 x 30.3 x 49 cm, and weighs 10.23 kg. The headpiece is topped by the royal insignia of the cobra and vulture, which symbolise King Tut’s rule of Upper and Lower Egypt.
See the touring exhibition, ‘Tutankhamen – His Tomb and His Treasures’, at the Western Australian Museum, Perth, until January 15, 2017.
British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the entrance to the tomb on November 4, 1922, but it wasn’t until November 26 that he exclaimed “it is wonderful” when he pushed a candle through a hole in the antechamber of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.