Huge Tutankhamun show set to tour world
PARIS - AFP
More than 50 of the 150 artworks from his tomb in the show will only ever leave Cairo once, say the Egyptian authorities, who are organizing the tour in the run-up to the 2020 opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza.
Previous exhibitions about the boy pharaoh have been record-breaking blockbusters, setting off "Tut-mania" around the globe.
Another 1.2 million people queued to see a smaller exhibition six years earlier at the Petit Palais in Paris in what was called "the show of the century."
Dr. Mostafa Waziry of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities 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 Egypt and its buried treasure," said Vincent Rondot, head of the Egypt department at the Louvre museum. The Louvre is lending one of its masterpieces, a statue of the god Amun protecting Tutankhamun, to the show.