Golden items of Egypt's King Tut on debut show in Cairo

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-16 06:01:53|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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CAIRO, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Up to 60 golden pieces of ancient Egypt's famous King Tutankhamun were put on display for the first time at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on Wednesday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said the golden items have been stored at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo since the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922.

The exhibition is part of the ministry's celebrations to mark the 155th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The exhibition brings some of the king's unknown objects to the public, he said, adding that the exhibition gives the public the opportunity to see these beautiful pieces for the first time.

As one of the most ancient civilizations, Egypt has been hard at work to preserve its archaeological heritages.

Egypt also hopes that its rich archaeologists will help revive the ailing tourism industry that was dealt a heavy blow due security and political turmoil that followed the 2011 revolution.

"Upon their arrival to the Egyptian museum, these beautiful pieces were seen as unfit for display due to their poor condition, they have been kept in storage for the past 95 years and nobody worked on them until 2014," the minister noted.

Tutankhamun, who ascended to the throne at the age of nine and died at 19, is the world's best known pharaoh of ancient Egypt. The young king ruled from 1332 BC to 1323 BC, during a period known as the New Kingdom in Egypt's history.

He won his fame for his tomb, which was discovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922 and has remained one of the best preserved.