King Tut


Get ready to explore one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds — King Tutankhamun.

The 3,000-year-old pharaoh’s tomb was discovered in 1922 in one of the largest and best-preserved finds in modern history. Although little is known about the young Egyptian monarch — he was only 20 when he died — King Tut left behind a vast collection of ancient treasures.

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Inside King Tutankhamun's underground burial chamber archaeologists remove padding to reveal the young pharaoh's remains.


This calcite sculpture of the king depicts Tut wearing a headdress. Red and black paint are used to highlight features of the face as well as the two protective vulture and cobra deities projecting from his brow. The recessed base below the shoulders indicates it served as a stopper for one of the four cylindrical hollows of the chest in which the mummified organs of the king were stored.


The golden crown, inlaid with colored glass and semiprecious stones, was still around the head of Tutankhamun when Howard Carter opened the tomb in 1922-- more than 3,000 years after it was buried.


This piece is made of gold and semiprecious stones, and is one of 100 pieces on view in Tut's museum exhibit.


The coffin, almost entirely covered with reddish gold, is a relic from Tut's royal grandparents, Yuya and Tjuya.


Carved of wood, this sculpture of Tutankhamun portrays the young king as a youthful figure rather than a divine being. He has a pleasant smile, and his earlobes are pierced, a custom for both males and females during this period. Archaeologists believe the enigmatic statue may have served as a clothes dummy on which garments of the king could be draped or his jewelry displayed.


The king is wearing the tall crown of Upper Egypt in this wood statue. It is among 35 figures of the king and deities that were placed in sealed shrines in the tomb. The color combination of gold and black suggests both rebirth and regeneration. The crook he holds in his left hand and the flail he grasps in his right are symbols of his authority.


Tutankhamun possessed four miniature coffins fashioned of gold and colored glass. The inscription running down the front names Imseti, one of the sons of Horus, and the goddess Isis, who would protect the deceased.

Photos by Kenneth Garret, Andreas F. Voegelin, Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig.

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