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Egyptian theme wins Peep contest

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- A 22-year-old woman's Egyptian theme won The Washington Post's Sunday Source diorama contest involving peeps candies this year.

The Post said its annual contest drew 800 submissions, but when the dust cleared and the yellow, sugar-coated marshmallow candies began to harden "The Tomb of King Peepankhamun" was declared the winner.

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Created by Laura Sillers, "Peepankhamun" used peeps and various household items to create a diorama inspired by the ancient Egyptian tombs.

She told the Post she was inspired to create the unusual art, which included peep-inspired hieroglyphics, by a recent museum visit.

"I'd been to a really great Egyptian art museum in Chicago a couple months ago, and it just seemed like fun, a good possibility for drama and lighting," she said.

The newspaper said Sillers' creation narrowly beat out fellow finalists: the Pop Art-inspired "Peep Art," the abstract "Nightmare in Pink," the cinematically-inspired "U2 Peep-D" and "Thrilla in Manila," which featured peeps imitating a famed "Thriller" performance.

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