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Artifacts from Tutankhamun's Tomb

Golden Bed

From:
The tomb of Tutankhamun
Valley of the Kings
Western Thebes

Date:
18th Dynasty, C. 1350 BC

Displayed in:
Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Description:
Covered in a heavy sheet of gold, this bed has a slightly curved frame with woven mesh. The legs are shaped like the fore and hind legs of a lion. The footboard is carved with papyrus and lotus patterns.

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Wooden Chair with gold covered decoration

From: The tomb of Tutankhamun
Valley of the Kings
Western Thebes

Date:
18th Dynasty, C. 1350 BC

Displayed in:
Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Description:
The back panel has beautiful open carving. The seat curves up at the edges and down in the center. The lion's claws are carved in ivory.

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Dismantled Chariots

Amongst the contents of the Antechamber were the remains of four gilt chariots.

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Inner Gold Coffin

From:
The tomb of Tutankhamun
Valley of the Kings
Western Thebes

Date:
18th Dynasty, C. 1350 BC

Displayed in:
Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Description:
Tutankhamun's inner coffin made from 22 carat beaten gold. This contained the mummy wearing its mask and covered in a network of jewels and amulets.

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Gilded Lioness Couch

From:
The tomb of Tutankhamun,
Valley of the Kings,
Western Thebes.

Date:
Dynasty XVIII, C. 1350 B.C.

Displayed in:
Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Description:
A lioness couch with carved heads and long curving tails.

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The Antechamber

The view through the second doorway into the Antechamber. This was the first sight the archaeologists had of the treasure.

When the flickering candlelight was directed through the opening into the chamber the great animal-shaped funeral beds were seen opposite. On the centre bed were piled chests and seats. Beneath it forty-eight white oblong boxes containing animal offerings.

To the right were the two statues of the king guarding the entrance to the burial chamber.

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Headrest

From:
The tomb of Tutankhamun,
Valley of the Kings,
Western Thebes.

Date:
Dynasty XVIII, C. 1350 B.C.

Displayed in:
Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Description:
Like most of the African races the Egyptians used a headrest, not a pillow. With a height of approximately seven inches this headrest is made of blue glass with an engraved gold band covering the joint between the top and bottom pieces.

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Wooden Sculptured Head

The head is about the size of that of a new-born child and shows the elongation of the skull which is a feature of the Armarnan style. It portrays the young Tutankhamun emerging from the lotus flower as the sun god appears from the flower when it opens its petals. It is made from stuccoed and painted wood.

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Contents of the Burial Shrine

Between the shrines that surrounded the coffins were many treasures. Weapons, including ceremonial bows and arrows, canes and even a fly-whisk originally trimmed with ostrich feathers.

An alabaster jar of exceptional beauty was amongst these. Two standing figures represented the god of the Nile and the vase was entwined with the emblems of the North and South, the papyrus and the lily. Two serpents were also included in the design, one wearing the red crown of the North, the other the white crown of the South.

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Shrine of the Royal Couple

From:
The tomb of Tutankhamun,
Valley of the Kings,
Western Thebes.

Date:
Dynasty XVIII, C. 1350 B.C.

Displayed in:
Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Description:
The golden shrine held golden statues of the king and queen. The panels show the king and queen at different moments of intimacy.

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Statues of the King

Two life-size statues of the king flank the sealed door which led through to the burial chamber. These black varnished wood statues, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 7in and dressed in loincloths with gilt sandals, are probably of the king's own height.

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The Golden Throne of Tutankhamun

From:
The tomb of Tutankhamun
Valley of the Kings
Western Thebes

Date:
Dynasty XVIII, C. 1352 B.C.

Displayed in:
Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Description:
The carved wood of this throne is gold-plated and inlaid with multi-coloured glasspaste, glazed terracotta and semi-precious stones. Parts are covered in silver leaf. The arms are in the form of a winged serpent wearing the double crown and guarding the king's names. The cane seat is supported by animal feet and adorned by animal heads.

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Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun

This view is of the backrest to Tutankhamun's royal throne, made of sheets of gold and silver. Also used are colored glass paste, glazed ceramic and inlaid calcite.

The informal pose of the king is reflected by the affectionate attitude of the queen who appears to be anointing the king's collarette which is similar to the one she is wearing

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The Entrance to the Treasury

Carter called this room 'The Treasury' because it contained the most precious objects. In the entrance stood a chest of gilded wood, with carrying poles, upon which sat a statue of the god Anubis.

Behind the statue, against the west wall of the chamber, was a wooden shrine covered entirely in gold leaf. Inside this would be found the four canopic jars containing the abdominal organs removed during mummification.

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The Gold Funeral Mask

This is the finest example of a funeral mask found anywhere in the world. The exquisite workmanship is completed in beaten gold inlaid with semi-precious stones and coloured glass paste. When compared to effigies of the young king, and to the face of the mummy, it would appear that this is an exact likeness.

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