The purpose of the tomb of King Tut was as a dwelling place called The Eternal House of the Dead.
The tomb was constructed in such a way as to best promote the well-being, and ensure the preservation, of the dead pharaoh and his Ka, Ba and Ahk.
The Ancient Egyptians provided for their afterlives according to their earthly means. When Tutankhamun died, his most most precious possessions were locked into his tomb to enable him to enjoy a wonderful existence in the afterlife.
The number of artefacts found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun numbered over 3500 and took Howard Carter 10 years to catalogue
The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered by the English Egyptologist Howard Carter in November 1922
Each wall of the tomb has a specific theme. The East Wall depicts the Funeral Procession, the West Wall contains text from the Amduat, the South Wall depicts his arrival in the Underworld and the North Wall of the tomb shows the arrival of Tutankhamun in the Afterlife.
The tomb of Tutankhamun contained four gilded shrines nested one inside the other in order of decreasing size. The innermost shrine contained the red quartzite sarcophagus of King Tut which protected three anthropoid, or man-shaped, coffins.
The first two anthropoid coffins were made of gilded wood but the final coffin was made of solid gold. The solid gold coffin housed the mummy of King Tut whichwas directly covered by his fabulous golden death mask.
Royal death masks or burial masks such as the fabulous golden mask of Tutankhamun, the boy King Tut, were made of gold in the image of the deceased
The mask like many other objects in the tomb is made of gold which is inlaid with semi-precious stones, coloured glass paste and the eyes are made with obsidian and quartz
The Treasure is made of priceless gold and silver and encrusted with precious jewels
The 'Treasury' was guarded by the magnificent statue of the god Anubis and contained jewel chests containing priceless jewelry, model boats and the golden shrine which contained the canopic jars which housed the internal organs of King Tut.
Between the layers of bandages gold amulets and jewelry were added to the mummy of Tutankhamun
No less than 143 separate items were wrapped with the mummy of King Tut.
The mummy of Tutankhamun was laid to rest in a priceless solid gold coffin
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