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

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When the linens of King Tutankhamun’s  mummy were unwrapped over a hundred amulets were found,

 

Egypt Feature Story

The Treasures of King Tut’s Mummy

by Jimmy Dunn

  

As the wrappings of the mummy were systematically removed, some 150 magnificent items of jewelry, superb amulets and other objects were brought to light. These had been fashioned and positioned according to the dictates of the Book of the Dead, and would ensure that the king’s transformation from death to true immortality. Indeed, they would help make him immortal, at least in the minds of the modern public.

Upper Body artifacts
The Treasures of King Tut's Mummy
The Treasures of King Tut's Mummy
The Treasures of King Tut's Mummy
The Treasures of King Tut's Mummy
The Treasures of King Tut's Mummy
 

Y-shaped amulet
oval plaque
vulture collar
vulture and Uraeus collar
uraeus collar
falcon collar
two falcon collars
apron
dagger
girdle
T-shaped amulet
bracelet
faience broad collar
falcon collar
resin scarab
uraeus from 99
vulture head from 99
falcon collar
circlet
circlet
circlet
vulture bracelet
beads
falcon
collar
two falcon collars
beadwork
circlet
iron dagger
girdle
five finger-rings
falcon collar
bracelet with lapis barrel-bead
bracelet with iron wedjat-eye amulet
bracelet with carnelian barrel-bead
funerary papyrus?
four circlets
djed-pillar amulet
sandals, toe and finger stalls
wire bracelet
beadwork of 61
wedjat-eye bracelet
wedjat-eye bracelet
scarab bracelet
barrel-bead bracelet
scarab bracelet
disc bracelet
amuletic knot
bracelet with carnelian swallow
three finger-rings
barrel-bead bracelet
beaded bracelet
 
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  scarab bracelet
wedjat-eye bracelet
wedjat-eye bracelet
finger-ring
finger-ring
disc bracelet
tail
tyet-knot amulet
wadj-scepter amulet
djed-pillar amulet
double-leaf amulet
serpent amulet
leaf amulet
amuletic knot
uraeus collar
vulture collar
vulture and Uraeus collar
scarab pectoral
vulture pectoral
scarab pectoral
faience wedjat-eye
beads
falcon collar
falcon pectoral
wedjat-eye pectoral
bracelet
Anubis amulet
falcon-headed amulet
serpent-head amulet
Thoth amulet
wadj-scepter amulet
bead
chain
five pectoral clasps and pendants
human-headed winged uraeus amulet
double uraeus amulet
vulture amulet
vulture amulet
vulture amulet
vulture amulet
uraeus amulet
vulture amulet
bead collar
two fibrous fillets
diadem
temple band
linen headdress
uraeus insignia of 104 bis
vulture insignia of 104 bis
temple band
beaded linen skull-cap
conical linen pad
iron headrest amulet
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Next EGYPTOMANIA caused by the discovery of Tut’s Tomb,

To be continued…

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM,

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

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The burial chamber was surrounded by walls filled with images of egyptian life,

 The layout of the full tomb below courtesy of www.eyewitnesstohistory.com ,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard Carter wrote,

‘It was, beyond any question, the sepulchral chamber in which we stood, for there, towering above us, was one of the great gilt shrines beneath which kings were laid. So enormous was this structure (17 feet by 11 feet, and 9 feet high, we found afterwards) that it filled within a little the entire area of the chamber, a space of some two feet only separating it from the walls on all four sides, while its roof, with cornice top and torus moulding, reached almost to the ceiling. From top to bottom it was overlaid with gold, and upon its sides there were inlaid panels of brilliant blue faience, in which were represented, repeated over and over, the magic symbols which would ensure its strength and safety. Around the shrine, resting upon the ground, there were a number of funerary emblems, and, at the north end, the seven magic oars the king would need to ferry himself across the waters of the underworld. The walls of the chamber, unlike those of the Antechamber, were decorated with brightly painted scenes and inscriptions, brilliant in their colours, but evidently somewhat hastily executed. “

  

Outside the tomb the press waited,

After opening the first sarcophagus the cleaning and cataloging began,

Inside the sarcophagus lay still more treasures and secrets…

 

To be continued…

 

Note:

www.globalegyptianmuseum.org   Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt 

www.britishmuseum.org  The British Museum, London, England 

www.metmuseum.org    The Metreopolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

IMAGES from Google

 

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King TUT!!!!!!!!! Born in Arizona, Got a Condo Made Of Stone-a, King Tut!

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 KING TUTANKHAMUN 18TH DYNASTY,

King Tut (King Tut)
Now when he was a young man,
He never thought he’d see
People stand in line to see the boy king.

(King Tut) How’d you get so funky?
(funky Tut) Did you do the monkey?
Born in Arizona,
Moved to Babylonia (king Tut).

(king Tut) Now, if I’d known
they’d line up just to see him,
I’d trade in all my money
And bought me a museum. (king Tut)

Buried with a donkey (funky Tut)
He’s my favorite honkey!
Born in Arizona,
Moved to Babylonia (king Tut)

Dancin’ by the Nile, (Disco Tut)
The ladies love his style, (boss Tut)
Rockin’ for a mile (rockin’ Tut)
He ate a crocodile.

He gave his life for tourism.
Golden idol!
He’s an Egyptian
They’re sellin’ you.

Now, when I die,
now don’t think I’m a nut,
don’t want no fancy funeral,
Just one like ole king Tut. (king Tut)

He coulda won a Grammy,
Buried in his Jammies,
Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia,
He was born in Arizona, got a condo made of stone-a,
King Tut!

LYRICS BY STEVE MARTIN

 

Note:

www.globalegyptianmuseum.org   Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt 

www.britishmuseum.org  The British Museum, London, England 

www.metmuseum.org    The Metreopolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

 

 

 

IMAGE from Google

 

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Mid Week Flash Story (How Much Longer Must I Wait For Friday To Arrive! oops…The Aliens Tried To Suppress My Story…)For The Workers Of The World.

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(Serial Flash Story Part 3)

 

” BLACK “

 

” This is different.  Weird. I think you could be right.”

Sandra took off her gloves.  ” Damn it’s hot,” she glanced at her watch, ” and it’s only seven thirty.  Where are you headed Artell? “

” I have a plan. ” Artell  dropped the fragment against the ground, watching as it spread flat then snapped back to its original shape.  ” Since we have visitors, so close by, I want a record of it – up close and real – a record of exactly what is happening behind that mountain range.”

” Didn’t you hear the warning given over the net? You could go to jail. That area  is crawling with black suits.”

” I know, but once an investigative reporter, well you know… Want to come?  You can be the look out… my backup.”

Sandra gathered up her tools, many of them were old archaeological implements used in well-known digs.  She had been collecting them for twenty years. The hammer she held was the same one Howard Carter used to chip away the plaster seal in the antechamber of Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt.  Sandra rubbed the edge of the hammer, then said.

“Your car or mine?”

Artell jumped into the jeep and cleared off the seat next to her.  ” We’d better take mine since who knows what kind of terrain we will be travelling on.”   Sandra grabbed her toolbox and hopped into the passenger seat  as the back wheels spit out stones.

It was a thirty minute ride up to the spot Artell had in mind, plenty of trees for cover and an open view of the valley behind the mountains.  She looked at her watch. It was five after eight.  A stand of pine trees guarded the perimeter of the forest.  They proceeded down the dirt trail.

Cool air flowed through the windows of the jeep producing goosebumps and a thin-film of steam on the window.  Artell put her headlights on.  Sandra hung her head out the window to catch the misty breeze.

“Get the video up and running, Artell, there is something up ahead,”  Sandra whispered as branches brushed her arm,  “Holy schmoley, get down.”

Artell reduced her speed taking care not to get stuck in the road which was half mud and half rocks.  She saw small figures crisscrossing amongst the trees.

” What the…”?   The dimly lit area made it hard to see anything, but gradually Artell glimpsed figures between two and four feet high.

” Let’s get out of here.”  Sandra murmured whipping her head back into the jeep.

 

To be continued…

 

 

 

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