King Tut exhibit takes over Times Square

April 24, 2010 5:17:57 AM PDT
For the first time in more than three decades, King Tut is back in New York City.It's the last stop of an eight-city tour, and this new Tut exhibit has already been seen by 7 million visitors.

But curators say the New York stop, at the Discovery Times Square Exposition, features more new artifacts in a larger space, and they're promising you've never seen the boy king like this.

King Tut, whose golden treasures last captivated New York and the world 31 years ago, has returned.

And organizers of the exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" are promising a show that's even bigger and better the second time around.

"This one has 130 artifacts, 50 of which are from Tutankhamun," curator Dr. David Silverman said. "In actuality, they are two and a half times the size of last time."

There is plenty of gold, just like before, along with beautifully crafted and well-preserved objects used in everyday Egyptian life.

There is an exquisite holder for a mirror, fine jewelry and a chair and foot stool used by a tiny King Tut himself.

But curators says this show sheds more light on Tutankhamun's family and daily life during Egypt's 18th Dynasty.

And for the first time anywhere, an exact replica of King Tut's mummy is on view. Experts used the latest modeling technology to translate CT scans into 3-D form, something not possible in 1979.

"People always want more because we don't have all the answers," Dr. Silverman said.

Egyptian officials say this will be the boy king's last visit to the U.S., though the proceeds from the exhibition will help keep the search for new wonders in Egypt alive.

"You should know 50 percent of this money goes for the preservation of Egyptian antiquities," said Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.

So far, in fact, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age has generated about $100 million for Egypt. Interestingly enough, Dr. Hawass told reporters that he's upset that this exhibit is not at the Metropolitan Museum like the 1979 show. Because of the economy, the Met was apparently not able to commit to the exhibit.

The exhibit runs through January 2, 2011.

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