Art: Tutankhamenophilia

There are two ancient Egyptians whose names everyone knows: Queen Nefertiti and her son-in-law King Tutankhamen. Nefertiti is a limestone bust, Tutankhamen a treasure. Nothing in his reign, which began around 1361 B.C., when he was ten, and ended with his death at 18, could have secured immortality for this shadowy boy-king. King Tut owes his fame to the accident that grave robbers never looted his tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. It remained intact until Nov. 26,1922, when an English archaeologist named Howard Carter chipped through a door at the end of a rubble-filled passage and thrust a candle...

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