The Master Silk Printer

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 more »

Tomb of King Tut finally Opened! Craze for All Things Egyptian Begins!

In November of 1922, after eight long years, British archaeologist Howard Carter finally succeeded in finding the 3,000 year old tomb of King Tutankhamen. It took more than a year of careful excavation through multiple doorways, chambers, and staircases before they were able to approach the sarcophagus that held King Tut’s remains. In the years before and after the initial discovery of the tomb, every step of the project was followed closely by the press; there was great interest among the scientific world and among the general public. There was an air of anticipation, a “wait and see” attitude and much speculation about the enormity of the find and what treasures, if any, would be discovered. The discovery of King Tut’s Tomb was one of the greatest archaeological finds ever uncovered, and as the unbelievably precious and beautiful artifacts were brought out, a craze for anything Egyptian captured the public imagination. There have been previous “Egyptian Revivals” over the centuries, starting in ancient Rome and continuing as European travelers brought more »

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