The Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamun

This coffin of solid gold is covered with incised decorations and inscriptions inside and outside, with the names and epitaph of the deceased king and protective texts. It is inlaid with semiprecious stones and colored glass. The coffin’s shape is that of Osiris holding the sacred insignia, the heka scepter and the flail. The vulture and the uraeus, or rearing cobra, protect his forehead. The divine beard is made of gold inlaid with blue glass. Deities of Upper and Lower Egypt protect the body of the coffin with their wings. The coffin weighs 110.4 kilograms or 243.4 pounds.

Innermost coffin of King Tutankhamun
Innermost coffin of King Tutankhamun
The Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamun
The Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamun

Deities of Upper and Lower Egypt protect the body of the coffin with their wings. The coffin weighs 110.4 kilograms or 243.4 pounds. This is the third and innermost of three mummiform coffins of Tutankhamun. The mummy itself now rests in the outermost mummiform coffin in the tomb at Thebes.

The Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamun
The Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter examining the third (innermost) coffin of gold of Tutankhamun, 1923. Photo: Harry Burton
Howard Carter examining the third (innermost) coffin of gold of Tutankhamun, 1923. Photo: Harry Burton

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 60671

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