King Tut's Mummy to Be Displayed for 1st Time
The mummy of King Tutankhamun will soon go on display for the first time, exposing the bare face of the boy king, Egyptian officials have announced.
The mummy will be removed from its sarcophagus and placed in a climate-controlled glass case in the antechamber of the pharaoh's tomb in Luxor in November (see Egypt map).
King Tut mummy picture
"I am taking [the mummy] out to show it to the public for the first time," said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The move is part of an effort to preserve the mummy, which has been in poor condition since it was first discovered, Hawass explained.
Officials hope the display will increase the number of visitors and
generate profit for the conservation of other Egyptian antiquities.
"The 'golden boy' has magic and mystery that bring people from all over the world," Hawass said.