King Tut Exhibit Headed to Chicago's Field Museum

Posted on May 24, 2006

The Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit is headed to Chicago's Field Museum. The exhibit will on display starting Friday, May 26, 2006 through January 1, 2007.
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is an exhibition from National Geographic. Organized by Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions in association with The Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and The Field Museum. Tour Sponsor is Northern Trust. Chicago Sponsor is Exelon, Proud Parent of ComEd.

Howard Carter had spent five years searching the Valley of the Kings for the tomb of Tutankhamun. His funding was coming to an end, but he persuaded his patron, Lord Carnarvon, to support his work for one more season. A few days after digging began again, a young water-carrier put his hand on a stone step.

"It was a spectacular discovery -- a tomb untouched since antiquity, its inner sanctum never looted by tomb robbers," says James L. Phillips, Acting Curator of the Near East and North Africa at The Field Museum and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The only tomb of its era found intact, it was also, Phillips notes, the first major discovery in the age of easy worldwide communication. That, along with rumors of a mysterious curse, helped make Tut the most popular of the pharaohs.

But there is no denying the allure of the treasure itself. More than 5,000 beautifully preserved artifacts were found in Tut's tomb, and the 50 selected for this exhibition -- along with more than 70 from other royal tombs -- are among the most breathtaking objects of ancient Egypt. Only a few of these artifacts were in the original exhibition, and many have never before traveled outside Egypt.
The Tutankhaman website includes some photographs of some of the artifacts that will be on display.