AMERICANA: Strutting Tut

King Tutankhamen, the boy pharaoh who ruled 14th century B.C. Egypt for nine years and died at 18, reigns again—this time over Chicago.

It was predictable that the "Treasures of Tutankhamen," a traveling exhibition of precious objects discovered in a tomb in 1922, would cause a furor at the Field Museum of Natural History. In Washington, D.C., where the show began its run of six U.S. cities last December, the wait to get in averaged five hours. On its first day in Chicago, 2,000 people were in line when the doors opened. The first...

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