The Canopic Shrine of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

In this episode, we’ll be visiting The Canopic Shrine of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King.

Discovered in the Valley of the Kings, the Canopic Shrine of Tutankhamun, dating back to the Egyptian 18th Dynasty, is crafted from gilt wood. Resting on a wooden ledge, the shrine houses an alabaster canopic box containing Tutankhamun’s mummified internal organs. The term “canopic” refers to objects associated with ancient Egyptian embalming, such as vases, urns, or jars.

The shrine itself, made of wood coated with gesso and covered with sheet gold, stands at a height of six and a half feet. A silver overlay embellishes the wooden sledge. Noteworthy are the depictions of the protecting Goddesses—Isis, Selkit, Nephthys, and Neith—positioned around the sides.

It’s worth exploring Harry Burton’s 1922 photographs from inside the tomb, as they offer an incredible glimpse into the discovery of these treasures. They were recently colourised and you can see all the famous treasures of Tutankhamun as they were originally found.

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