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Tutankhamun Exhibit of Artifacts in Paris

By Egyking
A new exhibit of artifacts from the tomb of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun opens on Saturday   in Paris more than 50 years after a similar exhibit set a visitor attendance record that still stands in the French capital.
Organizers said the 150 items in the exhibit, titled "Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh", are traveling outside Egypt for the last time before they go into a new museum near the Giza pyramids.
The exhibit was assembled to commemorate the upcoming centenary of British archaeologist Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun's intact tomb and the treasures it held.
Tutankhamun exhibit of artifacts in Paris
Paris, where the exhibit opens to the public Saturday at the Grande Halle de la Villette, is the second stop of a 10-city tour that started in Los Angeles.
The artifacts include gilded wooden statuettes, including one of Tutankhamun riding a black panther, a miniature coffin for the pharaoh's viscera painted in bright gold and blue, and jewelry decorated with lapis lazuli scarabs.
Curator Tarek El Awady said the exhibit attempts to answer "the most common question about why ancient Egyptians buried treasures like this" with dead pharaohs.
Tutankhamun might have used some items on display, like a pair of gloves, during his short life. He was 9-years-old when he became pharaoh and ruled ancient Egypt until he died at age 18 or 19.
"When people come, they will actually join the king and together they will travel and take this dangerous journey to the afterlife and see the king from the moment he died until the moment he resurrected and enjoyed the eternal life," El Awady said.
“Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” is on view at Paris’ Grande Halle de la Villette from March 23 to Sept. 15.
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Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany left Cairo on Wednesday morning headed to the French capital to inaugurate the King Tutankhamun exhibition on his second stop after his show in Los Angeles, USA.
Some of the treasures and belongings of the young king are on a world tour to several countries before they will rest in the site of permanent exhibition at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which will open in 2020.
Anany is due to officially inaugurate the exhibition in Paris on Thursday under the title “Tutankhamun, Pharaoh’s Treasures”. The exhibition will continue until mid-September.
Paris has celebrated the young king and his treasures in the past. The exhibition is held in Paris after Tut’s absence of 52 years. The last exhibition of the young king’s belongings was in 1967. That exhibition was visited by more than 1.2 million people.
The streets, main squares, buildings and metro stations in Paris were decorated with huge banners bearing the face of The Golden King and some of his treasures.
The Golden King and his exhibition also plastered the front pages of French newspapers and magazines, most of which published coverage about the King Tutankhamun exhibition and his tomb. The exhibition opening is considered that biggest cultural event in France for the coming days.
The exhibition is part of the celebrations marking the centennial anniversary of the 20th century’s most important discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun, which was made in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter on the Western Bank of Luxor.
The organizers said more than 130,000 tickets have been sold so far and the number of tickets to be sold pre-opening-day is expected to reach 150,000.

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