"Tut & The Golden Age of the Pharaohs"

This past week I was in San Francisco and went to see the travelling Tut show:

I expected to be disappointed, but instead was quite pleased with the objects and presentation. Photos and videos just don't do them justice. I wonder how some of the very fine gold engraving could have been done without the use of a magnifying lens, for example, on the small shrine of Tut and Ankhesenamun:

The plague and audio guide for this piece explained that the shrine's theme was one of regeneration and resurrection. It occurred to me that the statuette of Tut was deliberately missing from the shrine as a testimony to his ascension, and symbolically leaving only the empty footprints behind. This aspect of the shrine reminded me of a relic attributed to a later Joshua type, Jesus of Nazareth, whose footprint is said to have been formed on the Mount of Olives after his ascension (and where a shrine now houses it):

Dome of the Ascension, last footprint of Jesus:
When Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, he left an imprint of his feet on earth. The Chapel of Christs Ascension preserved the sacred footprint. And when Jesus rose up and flew to heaven, Mary Magdalene watched. The Russian Church of Mary Magdalene is built where she stood and witnessed the miracle.

Note the emphasis of Mary Magdalene (counterpart of Ankhesenamun) witnessing the ascension.

The exhibit also featured a silver trumpet from the tomb of Tut:

Possibly the only two trumpets surviving from ancient Egypt are those found in Tuts tomb. The trumpet is of course another item associated with a Joshua figure.

Meteorite-impact-formed glass:

I wondered whether the statuette of Ptah was really on in which the god was covered in bird feathers (as generally claimed), or whether this "rainment" was actually that of fish scales:
(Click on image of Ptah with the blue skull-cap.)

Next stops for Tut:
(Not sure how the Toronto exhibit can open this month before the San Francisco exhibit closes in March 2010!)