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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Another Chance to see King Tut

The Times of London reports that the Treasures of Tutankhamun will travel to the West again, for the first time in more than twenty years. Link.

His gold crown, engraved dagger and a canopic coffinette containing his mummified internal organs are among 55 new items from the burial chamber to be shown in London for the first time.

The treasure will be put on show in the dome in 2007(...)

The exhibition, which will tour America before arriving in Britain, marks the first time in more than 20 years that the Egyptian government has allowed Tutankhamun’s artefacts to leave the country. The display will include a further 80 objects from other royal graves in the Valley of the Kings, including items from the tomb of Tutankhamun’s great-grandparents.

I attended the 1972 show at the British Museum, and, to quote a recent loser, it is "seared, seared in my memory." It was one of the only times in my life I was willing to wait on line for significantly over an hour to see a museum exhibit, but it was more than worth it. The death mask along was worth the wait. I stood transfixed and stared at it for almost as long as I had stood on line.

It sounds like it will be in the U.S. in 2006 or 2007. Check for news when it gets closer to find out where it will be shown here. Then make plans to visit the exhibition city nearest you. IT WILL BE WORTH THE TRIP.

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