If King Tutankhamun had a twitter account, would you follow him? Dr David Silverman, curator of the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition at the Melbourne Museum poses such a question (see The Age).
Silverman, whose first exposure to the wonders of Egypt was watching the film The Egyptian at age five, is also professor of Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania. He's hoping the exhibition he’s created and nurtured resonates with the tens of thousands expected to flock through the turnstiles in Melbourne.
Over the past five years, seven million people have seen 130 delicate, exquisite and intriguing artifacts during European and American tours.The pieces include the royal diadem (King Tutankhamun’s golden crown found on the entombed mummy), a miniscule gaming board played by the boy king himself and the stunning gilded coffin of Tjuya, (King Tut’s great grandmother). The final stop for these treasures is Melbourne before returning to Egypt - forever.
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