The First Inspection.
The discovery of the tomb of Tut-ankh-Amen thrilled the world, and Nov. 26th, 1922, when the tomb was entered by the late Earl of Carnarvon, his daughter, Lady Evelyn Herbert, and Mr. Howard Carter, proved one of the most exciting days in the lives of those renowned Egyptologists. A flight of 16 steps and a sloping passage 30 ft. long led to a sealed doorway. In this a hole was made through which the discoverers clambered. A first glimpse within the room (afterwards called the Antechamber) revealed an amazing collection of statues, couches, chests, vases, etc.
Interior of Antechamber.
Although the room measured only 26 ft. by 12 ft., it was found to contain between 600 and 700 objects. Our illustration shows the northern end of the room with the two life-sized statues of the king, each with gold kilt and sandals and armed with mace and staff. The exquisitely decorated painted wooden casket on the right held many robes, one of which bore upwards of 3,000 gold rosettes. (After photo by Harry Burton, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).
The Gold Coffin of Tut-Ankh-Amen.
The mummy of the Pharoah Tut-ankh-Amen rested within the innermost of three coffins of human form, which were enclosed within a carved sarcophagus of yellow quartzite. The two outer coffins are covered with sheet gold, the head and hands of the first being of solid gold. We show Mr. Howard Carter….at work on the third coffin, which is of solid gold. He is removing the consecration oils, hardened by age into a pitch-like material.
Churchman’s cigarette cards, Treasure Trove series, 1937.