CNN: Global Passion Created by King Tut
CNN revealed in a recent report that an obsession has swept the world over everything related to the pharaonic King Tut. Since the 1960s King Tutankhamun, the 100th anniversary of the discovery of his tomb three years later.
The report said the touring exhibitions of king Tut, which include traces of what was found inside the royal tomb, created a state of international passion to follow everything that is written or announce regarding the biography of the Pharaonic king. The report showed that the exhibition was held in California last year and then moved to Paris, France, where it recorded unprecedented levels of attendance and visits by 1.4 million tickets sold.
The exhibition is now being held in the British capital, London as part of 10-day tours in cities around the world, the report said.
The report then pointed out that issues arise from time to time regarding the royal tomb and its antiques possession. CNN pointed to the crisis that erupted between the Egyptian government and Christie’s auction house in London over the sale of a quartzite sculpture with King Tut’s features .
In 2010, Sotheby’s sold a Tut -era limestone ushabti for $290,500, leaps and bounds ahead of its high estimate of $60,000. Back in 2004, the auction house sold an Egyptian bust that may have been Tutankhamun or his successor, Horemheb. Despite the uncertainty over the subject’s identity, the sculpture sold for $220,800, well above its high estimate of $150,000.
According to the report, The first major touring exhibition of artifacts from King Tut’s tomb was a product of financial necessity in Egypt. In 1961, archaeological sites in Egypt were at risk of flooding and the country needed funds to protect them. Over the next five years, more than 30 pieces moved from the tomb of the young king on a tour of 18 cities across the United States and Canada. A larger archaeological exhibition was opened in Japan in 1965. During 1981, King Tut’s works were on almost continuous international tours, from Moscow to London, and from Paris to Berlin.
Cnn concluded its report by noting that in 2020, King Tut’s treasures will find a new resting place in Giza’s forthcoming Grand Egyptian Museum — the largest museum dedicated to a single civilization.
In 1922, Howard Carter made the most exciting archaeological discovery of the 20th century. Working with backing from George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, the Egyptologist uncovered a tomb just west of Luxor and the Nile River, in the Valley of the Kings.
The tomb, Carter discovered, belonged to pharaoh Tutankhamun (ruled ca. 1334-25 B.C.E.) and housed more than 5,000 objects that ranged from the magnificent to the prosaic: Tut’s solid gold inner-coffin, sandals, statues, jewelry, textiles, oars for navigating the underworld and even linen loincloths. It was the most intact tomb of its kind ever found, relatively untouched by the grave robbers who’d looted nearby crypts in the intervening millennia.
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