First, it was the gilded wooden shrine, then the dramatic life-sized statue of the king and, finally, it was the gold inlaid Canopic coffin that drew gasps of amazement and wonder. The Year 5s, who have been studying Howard Carter and his discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, this week had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a special collection of the shimmering masterpieces before they are returned to Egypt for good.
The exhibition, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, is being held in London’s Saatchi Gallery and marks the near centenary of the unearthing of the king’s burial tomb.
Armed with pens and notebooks, our budding Year 5 archaeologists journeyed through the trail of artefacts. For some, the highlights were the Canopic jars and jewellery, for others, the gilded bed, the boats, the golden sandals, the tomb.
James and Shubh spoke for many when they declared the trip was amazing. “It was an extraordinary sight! So much gold!” Sacha and Phoebe said they had travelled back in time: “We felt we were there with him! It really brought Ancient Egypt to life!”
Mrs Bridge, Lower School Tutor & Lower School Teaching & Learning Coordinator