‘Discovering Tutenkhamun’ returns visitors to the Tut mania that followed 1923 excavation of the boy king’s tomb
The years following 1923 produced a period of Tutenkhamun mania. The ancient Egyptian pharaoh was all anyone could talk about and it’s evidenced in the art and fashion of the 1920’s and 30’s. People couldn’t wait to own King Tut inspired jewelry, clothing, cigarette cards, biscuit tins, trinket boxes – the list goes on and on. A new exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford, entitled Discovering Tutenkhamun, reflects on this excitement with Tut themed pieces from the time and never before seen artifacts from archeologist Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon who were responsible for the groundbreaking discovery. New pieces include hand written notes, record cards, and thousands of negatives from his personal archive.
Inspired by the new exhibit and resurgence of talk about ‘King Tut’, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite items from the Egyptian Revival of the 1920’s and ’30’s. How about an Egyptian Revival of 2014? We’re in.
1920’s Egyptian Revival wool coat
These. Fantastic leather gloves featuring an allover Egyptian hieroglyphic design. circa 1925.
And we’ll definitely need some jewels. How’s this for today’s statement necklace?
And while we’re at it we need a King Tut plate while we’re wearing our Egyptian wool coat and gloves. It doesn’t hurt that it’s absolutely stunning.
Oh and as for that rumored Tutenkhamun curse? There is none. The Guardian reports that “the present Lord Carnarvon […] attended the exhibition opening and says the curse is nonsense”. Disappointingly there is no curse but at least we got an extravagant period of Egyptian style art deco out of the discovery. Cheers!