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Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

A woman views the calcite stopper for a canopic jar of the King's Head, and a gold inlaid canopic coffinette of Tutankhamum, dated 1336-1326 BC (Picture: PA)

In pictures: Inside Tutankhamun's Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

A new exhibition featuring treasures from the tomb of Egyptian king Tutankhamun has just opened in London.

It will be the last time anyone can see the artefacts outside of Egypt before they are returned to the country forever.

More than 150 items - from statues and sculptures to a silver trumpet and a funerary bed - will be exhibited in "Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh", at the capital's Saatchi Gallery.

Other exhibits include a wooden ceremonial shield, linen gloves and a life-size statue of the king that stood guard at the entrance of his last resting place.

Exhibition curator Tarek El Awady said: "The reason we are here, we are celebrating almost 100 years since the time of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.


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"It is the first time Egypt allowed this number of artefacts to leave the country ... This is the last travelling exhibition of Tutankhamun."

More than 60 of the items have left Egypt for the first time, the gallery says.

The tomb of the 18th dynasty king was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1922. It contained about 5,000 artefacts.