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Perhaps the most impressive piece found in Tutankhamun's tomb is not the mask, although that is the most well known. The kings gold inner coffin, shown above, displays a quality of workmanship and an attention to detail which is unsurpassed.
The coffin is made of solid gold. It is 74" long, 20" wide and 20" high. The king is shown as Osiris holding the crook and flail, traditional symbols of kingship.

There is little doubt that the most famous icon from Ancient Egypt is the funerary mask of Tutankhamun. It is a stunning example of the Ancient goldsmith's art.
The mask itself is made of solid gold, inlaid with lapis lazuli, cornelian, quartz, obsidian, turquoise and colored glass.
More mummy masks are shown in the Akhet Egyptology pages about the Faces of the dead section.

The kings burial was not, as is commonly believed, intact when it was found. Howard Carter who discovered the tomb believed it had been robbed twice shortly after the funeral. Only the burial chamber itself was untouched. Most of the small portable items included in the burial had been removed in antiquity. This included most of the jewelry and all of the essential oils. The large quantity of jewelry presently on display in the Cairo museum was mostly found on the mummy itself.


Tutankhamun's tomb contained an elaborate set of Canopic containers. The calcite Canopic chest, with the stoppers in the form of the King, contained four amazing canopic coffins. These seem to have been intended for the same individual as the second coffin, possibly Smenkhkare and there is evidence that the inscriptions on them had been modified to include Tutankhamun's titles. The difference in facial featured found on the models, shabtis and coffins in the tomb seem to indicate that items were collected from various sources for the burial.

The 4 Canopic Coffins were essentially small copies of the kings second coffin. Like so much of the equipment found in the tomb they display an extremely high standard of workmanship.  

The Cairo Museum contains a great deal of Tutankhamun's 'treasure' in addition to the Mask. This delicately inlaid circlet was found on the head of the mummy when it was unwrapped. It represents yet another example of the fine detail which the ancient craftsmen included in the Kings jewelry

Tutankhamun's outer golden shrine was protected by four goddesses, Isis, Nephthys, Neit and Selket. The transition away from the Amarna style is clearly shown here. The standing figures are dressed in the Amarna style, but the representations of the goddesses on the shrine itself are in the 'traditional' style.

The Complete Tutankhamun

Akhenaten : King of Egypt

The Chronicle of the Pharaohs