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Huge Tutankhamun show set to tour world

AFP  |  Paris 

Four decades after the boy caused a sensation in the US and Europe, treasures from the tomb of are to tour the world again -- many for the first time.

More than 50 of the 150 artworks from his tomb in the show will only ever leave once, say the Egyptian authorities, who are organising the tour in the run-up to the 2020 opening of the in Giza.

"Treasures of the Golden Pharoah" -- which opened in in March -- will go on show in next March at the giant la Villette arts complex. It is the show's only stop in

The organisers have yet to unveil the other nine cities on the world tour.

Previous exhibitions about the boy have been record-breaking blockbusters, setting off "Tut-mania" around the globe.

More than eight million people attended a 1973 show, "The Treasures of Tutankhamun", at in

Another 1.2 million people queued to see a smaller exhibition six years earlier at the Petit Palais in in what was called "the show of the century".

Dr of the said the tour was also to "celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of the boy king".

"The discovery of Tutankhamun's unplundered tomb revived our fascination with and its buried treasure," said Vincent Rondot, head of the department at museum. is lending one of its masterpieces, a statue of the god Amun protecting Tutankhamun, to the show.

The show will run from March 23 until September 15, 2019.

The show at the closes in January.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 12:46 IST
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