The Master Silk Printer of April 1923, a trade publication in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library collection, joined in the “Egyptomania” phenomenon and featured a new line of printed fabrics inspired by the Tomb of King Tut.
Pattern books of Egyptian ornament became available that designers could reference in creating their own stylized designs for the graphic arts, textiles, and furnishings. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb continued to influence international design and culture throughout the 1920’s, and well into the Art Deco period of the 1930’s. The treasures of Tutankhamen’s tomb are among the most traveled artifacts in the world.
In 1972 another Egyptian Revival was created when the Treasures of Tutankhamen tour opened in London, and then moved to the U.S. organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which ran from 1972 -1979.More than eight million people attended it them, and a most recent exhibition tour which began in 2005 and ended in 2008, drew many millions of people.
The lure and fascination of Howard Carter’s great discovery holds its appeal generation after generation.—Elizabeth Broman
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