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King Tutankhamun Sarcophagus

The box of this sarcophagus is made of fine brown quartzite and the cover is made of pink granite stained the color of the box. Why two different stones were used is not clear, unless the reason was that the cover for quartzite was not ready in time for the funeral and a granite lid of poor quality, what happened to be available, was substituted.

There was another puzzle too: the granite lid was broken in two and the fracture, which was hidden with cement and painting, must have occurred before the sanctuaries have been established. No explanation seems possible, except that the premature death of the king, it was necessary to accelerate the work and the accident occurred.


King Tutankhamun Sarcophagus

King Tutankhamun Sarcophagus

King Tutankhamun Sarcophagus


King Tutankhamun Sarcophagus



Symbolism for magical purposes is an important feature of Egyptian funerary equipment. On the sarcophagus is seen more clearly in the graceful figures of four goddesses, Isis, Nephthys, Neith and Selket, carved in high relief on the corners, their wings spread to protect the body in the sarcophagus.



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