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Gallery Chat Special – A Walk Through King Tut’s Tomb With Howard Carter / Siete

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Howard Carter found that he needed to remove many coffins from the burial sarcophagus (the outer coffin) before the mummy wrapped in linens would  appear,


First the lid was removed, –

The original design of the outermost coffin’s lid had incorporated four silver handles, two on each side, which were used to lower the lid into place. Some three thousand years later, these same handles would be used, once more to raise this lid, by Howard Carter and his team.

The outer coffin of King tut in its sarcophagus











Egypt Feature Story

King Tut’s Coffins

by Jimmy Dunn  www.touregypt.net

Carter tells us that “it was a moment as anxious as exciting”, when he lifted the lid of the outermost coffin. Within, what was expected to be found was indeed found, a second anthropoid coffin.

Once again, the surface was concealed beneath a decayed shroud of linen, which in turn was obscured by floral garlands, and similar to the first coffin, there was a small wreath of olive leaves, blue lotus petals and cornflowers wrapped around the protective deities on the Pharaoh’s brow.

The middle coffin of Tutankhamun being removed from the outer coffin base.










Afterwards, the second coffin was soon revealed as even more magnificent than the first. It measured 2.04 meters long, and was constructed from a still unidentified wood covered as before with an overlay of gold foil. Here, the use of inlays were far more extensive than on the outermost coffin, even though they had suffered considerably from the presence of dampness within the tomb and showed a tendency to fall out. 

It is hard to image the amount of work which must have been put into making this coffin. Carved in wood, it was first overlaid with sheet gold on the thin layer of gesso (a sort of plaster). Then narrow strips of gold, placed on edge, were soldered to the base to from cells in which the small pieces of colored glass, fixed with cement, were laid. The technique is known as Egyptian cloisonne work, but it is not true cloisonne because the glass was already shaped before being put in the cells, and not put in the cells in power form and fused by heating.


The fine work of King Tut's second coffin












Many details, such as the stripes of the nemes-headcloth, eyebrows, cosmetic lines and beard were inlaid with lapis-blue glass. The uraeus on the forehead was of gilded wood, with a head of blue faience and inlays of red, blue and turquoise glass. The head of Nekhbet, the vulture, was also of gilded wood with a beak of dark block wood which was probably ebony. The eyes were set with obsidian. The crook and flail, held respectively in the left and right hands, were inlaid with lapis-blue and turquoise glass and blue faience, while a broad “falcon collar” containing inset pieces of brilliant red, blue and turquoise glass adorned the king’s throat. There were also two similarly inlaid bracelets carved onto the wrists.


Carter removes the shroud from the second coffin of Kink Tut











The Innermost Coffin (no. 255)

The delicate lid of the second coffin was removed in a similar fashion. Eyelets were screwed into the edge of the lid at four points. The silver pins securing the ten inscribed silver tenons were then removed, and the coffin lid, after some initial flexing, was lifted effortlessly into the air. Thus, the third anthropoid coffin was revealed, though covered once again with fine linen in place above the nemes-headdress. It was tightly encased within the second coffin and a shroud of red linen, folded three times, covered it from neck to feet. However, the face of this coffin had been left bare. The breast was adorned with a very delicate, broad collar of blue glass beads and various leaves, flowers, berries and fruits, including pomegranates, which were sewn onto a papyrus backing.

Now this coffin was amazingly different, particularly in one respect, as Howard Carter notes:

“Mr. Burton at once made his photographic records. I then removed the floral collarette and linen coverings. An astounding fact was disclosed. The third coffin…was made of solid gold! The mystery of the enormous weight, which hitherto had puzzled us, was now clear. It explained also why the weight had diminished so slightly after the first coffin, and the lid of the second coffin, had been removed. Its weight was still as much as eight strong men could lift.”


The golden inner coffin of King Tutankhamun 















Another view of the innermost gold coffin of king Tut



Still more  lay in the unwrapped linens of the mummy,


To be continued…



Closeup of the face of the golden inner coffin.















Look at the way that metal has been worked to look as if it is skin…and the expression of melancholy that the artist captured is pure bliss, artistically speaking…Wow.   PGM    GRRRRRRR technical difficulties!  my last attempt!


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Friday Night Gallery Chat / Egyptian Amulets

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Good Afternoon,

Amulets were placed in the linen wrapping of Egyptian mummies worn as jewlery and carried as tailsmans by the ancient egyptians.  

You can find amulets in many museum  shops, I have one on my computer stand – Bastet the cat goddess of creativity.  They are hand carved and can be held in your palm. 

 My old “dog tags’ were a cartouche of my name in silver and an Udjat until I lost that necklace. ( boo-hoo, my favorite…)

Below are a few of the most popular amulets,


Eye of Horus- UDJAT,



Images From Goggle


The images are small but eloquent.

Have a Purrrrfect weekend!

FROM  www.metmuseum.org  Egyptian Amulets/Thematic Essay  (Goggle search)

An amulet is a small object that a person wears, carries, or offers to a deity because he or she believes that it will magically bestow a particular power or form of protection. The conviction that a symbol, form, or concept provides protection, promotes well-being, or brings good luck is common to all societies: in our own, we commonly wear religious symbols, carry a favorite penny, or a rabbit’s foot. In ancient Egypt, amulets might be carried, used in necklaces, bracelets, or rings, and—especially—placed among a mummy’s bandages to ensure the deceased a safe, healthy, and productive afterlife.


Egyptian amulets functioned in a number of ways. Symbols and deities generally conferred the powers they represent. Small models that represent known objects, such as headrests or arms and legs, served to make sure those items were available to the individual or that a specific need could be addressed. Magic contained in an amulet could be understood not only from its shape. Material, color, scarcity, the grouping of several forms, and words said or ingredients rubbed over the amulet could all be the source for magic granting the possessor’s wish.


From    www.angelrainbows.com
Egypt Egyptian Ancient Culture
Amulets Ankhs and Talismans Alchemy

Examination of funerary objects, tomb paintings, and inscriptions suggested that as a culture the Egyptians were inordinately concerned with ensuring that their eternal life was as agreeable as their daily life. The continuance of the personality in the afterlife was of paramount importance so the body was mummified, placed in a tomb, and given regular food offerings.

The Ankh was the Egyptian symbol for eternal life. Comprised of a spirit circle on top of a mundane cross, this Egyptian hieroglyph was an alchemical symbol, depicting the ascension of the soul over wordly boundaries.

By quickening the spirit with infusions of spiritual awareness, the life force rose to higher, more refined levels of Beingness. Various Egyptian gods and goddesses were often depicted holding an ankh before someone’s lips or the king’s nose, indicating that they were the purveyors of the Breath of Life necessary in both this life and the afterlife.

True ascendancy was achieved only when the Above totally permeates personal essence Below, raising substance to the level of quintessence. The two became one not only in the melding of male and female polarities; but; also in the mergence of the awakened, individual divinity with the totality of Universal Spirit.

Learning how to flow with evolutionary currents allowed one to effortlessly float in the cleansing waters; thus, bypassing the need to undergo the suffering of the crucifixion where the karmic crucible transmutes fixed patterns of negativity.


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