There are already three major Tutankhamunexhibitions travelling North America this year and next, with many of his treasures making appearances in San Francisco, Toronto and Indianapolis. Even Zahi Hawass was drafted in to enlighten ancient Egypt fans in the latter city, about the mysteries and legends behind the dripping opulence of the civilization’s greatest discovery. And keen to capitalise on the States’ endless fascination with the boy-king, North Carolina’s Chinqua Penn Plantation is currently showcasing its own collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts – including a replica of King Tut‘s famous golden throne chair.
Other objects on display at the event, which runs from August 1 – 30 and explores the civilization’s burial practices, include a faience necklace, an ivory fail and a 1,600 BC bronze figure of Horus.
The impressive replica throne, one of only two in the world, was commissioned by then-owners of the plantation Jeff and Betsy Penn while on a world tour to be made by the Cairo-based sculptor E. Hautoun.
Today it sits as just one of many world heritage items on show at the English countryside mansion. Thanks to the plantation’s early ties with the tobacco trade, there is also a significant Chinese collection. Of course, you can get a glimpse of the real King Tut throne right here at Heritage Key, where renowned photographer Sandro Vannini has exclusive access to all of the pharaoh’s burial masterpieces, which were recreated virtually and are on display in King Tut Virtual. Just take a look at the creations in King Tut VX to see the opulence of Egypt’s most famous ruler.
Image by Sandro Vannini