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Dome hosts Tutankhamun exhibition
Death mask of Tutankhamun
The death mask of Tutankhamun will not be on display
Fifty Egyptian treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun will be shown in the UK.

It is the first time in 35 years that the artefacts, which were excavated from the boy king's tomb in the burial chamber, will be on display in London.

More than 130 treasures from the Valley of the Kings, which are all between 3,000 and 3,500 years old, will also make up the exhibition.

The treasures will be displayed on 15 November at the venue now called the O2, formerly the Millennium Dome.

Among the artefacts included in the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition will be his gold crown and one of the gold and inlaid canopic coffinettes which contained Tutankhamun's mummified internal organs.

Artefacts from other royal graves, including the intact tomb of Tutankhamun's great-grandparents Yuya and Tuyu, will also go on display at the O2 in Greenwich, south-east London.

But the famous death mask shown the last time the exhibition came to London in 1972 at the British Museum, will not be on display.

Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Radio 4's Today programme: "King Tutankhamun is more than the mask. There are more than 5,000 exhibits.

"It is unlikely to ever leave the Cairo Museum now. It's is far too fragile and it is too risky.

"Since the discovery of his tomb in 1922, Tutankhamun has captured the hearts of people around the world.

"Buried with him were treasures beyond the imagination, giving us a glittering glimpse into the past."




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