King Tut Treasure in Europe -- 1st Time in 25 Years

Chelsea Lane-Miller
National Geographic News
November 22, 2004

On display outside of Egypt for the first time in over twenty years, artifacts from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun—commonly known as King Tut—will appear in Bonn, Germany. (See artifacts from the exhibit.) The display is the second stop of a museum tour that began in Basel, Switzerland.

Tutankhamun, who came to the throne at the age of 8, ruled for less than a decade before his death at 17. When British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the boy king's undisturbed tomb in 1922, Tutankhamun and the artifacts in his tomb garnered worldwide interest.

Now selected artifacts from the tomb can be seen at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany. The museum will showcase over a hundred artifacts, including 50 pieces from Tutankhamun's tomb and 70 from other tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The exhibition will last six months, from November until early May. It was on display from April until October of this year at Switzerland's Basel Museum of Antiquities, the first stop of what is likely to be a world tour.

Main attractions of the exhibit include the Golden Shrine, an elaborately decorated wooden chest covered with gold, and a coffin made of beaten gold. The golden tomb of Queen Tuyu, Tutankhamun's great-grandmother, and a crown of Tutankhamun are also among the pieces in the collection.

The show does not include Tutankhamun's famous gold funerary mask, as it is no longer allowed to leave Egypt. The show does include many artifacts that have never been seen outside of Egypt before.

As the exhibition continues its tour, it is likely to attract millions of visitors.

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