Friday, December 1, 2017

King Tut, Minus Mask, Coming to L.A.

"Come experience these priceless treasures before they return to Egypt forever," says the California Science Center website. "Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition!"

They're speaking of the upcoming "King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh," to open in Exposition Park March 24, 2018. It won't include Tut's gilded death mask (top of post), considered too fragile to travel. Thus it's a little like a "Treasures of Mona Lisa" show that doesn't include that painting of her.

Mask or no mask, King Tut has been a cash cow for the Egyptian Antiquities Department. There have already been two Tut exhibits in this millennium, "Tutankaman and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" (nine cities, including L.A., 2004–2011); and "Tutankaman: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" (eight cities, 2008–2013). Neither included the mask.

"Once in a lifetime?" Eh. There has been a King Tut show touring somewhere, 8 of the 17 years of this century. From 2009 to 2011 there were two Tut shows simultaneously touring U.S. cities.

(Below, Tut's Wishing Cup in the Form of an Open Lotus, a work that will be in the CSC exhibition.)

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