The first wooden shrine of Tutankhamun

Artefact Details

Gallery number: 7 – Upper Floor

Period: New Kingdom

Dynasty: 18th Dynasty – Reign of Tutankhamun

Place of discovery: Valley of the Kings – Thebes

Size: Height: 275 cm , Length: 508 cm , Width: 328 cm

Material: Wood, gold leaf

The first shrine almost completely occupied the burial chamber. The outer walls of the first shrine, whose shape evoked that of the pavilion used by the pharaoh during the Jubilee celebration, were decorated with ged pillars, amulets associated with Osiris representing stability, alternating with tit or Isis knots, signs of protection, both of which stood out against a bright blue faïence background. Inside the shrine were passages from the Book of the Dead and the Book of the Celestial Cow.