by Diane Malone
Aug. 4, 2010

king tut times square digonis

   The arrival of King Tut’s wooden chariot was unveiled yesterday, August 3rd., at the Discovery Times Square Exposition, in New York.  Exhibition designer Mark Lach was on hand and explained how the chariot almost didn’t make it to the exhibit due to its classification as a vehicle, henceforth, the transit authorities requiring the chariot get its own VIN number.  The installation of the boy king’s chariot marks the first time the chariot has traveled out of Egypt since it was discovered in 1922.  

   This sleeker wooden chariot, was one of six chariots discovered in the tomb of King Tut.  It is believed that its lighter unadorned wooden construction made this chariot the one of choice for hunting, battles, and other daily activities.  Furthermore, one of the tires on the wheels was a replacement made in ancient times, suggesting the frequent use by King Tut.  It has been suggested that the boy king fell from this chariot and that injury caused his death.  Several representations on the artifacts throughout the exhibit depicts King Tut in a chariot hunting or in battle.

   The “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibit runs through January 2, 2011 before returning permanently to the Cairo Museum in Egypt. 

Photo: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2010