25 thoughts on “New views of Tut’s coffin

  1. John Tyler Funkhouser

    The coffin, or coffins of King Tut are are an example of the role death plays in Egyptian art. Coffins today are practical, usually one color and with little ornamentation . The outer coffin is gilded in gold. The innermost coffin is solid gold.

    Simply put in Egypt, coffins are works of art in their own right.

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  2. Erik Dale

    The coffin could also be an example of young monarchy, because King Tut died at the age of 13, his rule over Egypt was short. The tomb was later discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter.

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  3. Zadie Lacy

    The extensive use of gold in Ancient Egyptian culture is incredible in is creative and liberal usage. What is particularly interesting to me is how much of the data and information that we can gather from very old cultures like the Ancient Egyptians, the Etruscans, the Greeks, and the Romans centers around their funerary traditions. For example, we get another sense from the Etruscan Sarcophagus from Cerveteri, which contains a married couple, and depicts their statuettes as lounging at a banquet. Even in later Egyptian history, when we have evidence of the Ancient Egpytians “mixing” culturally with Romans in the 1st century CE, the funerary tradition remains the same of mummifying the dead and placing them (depending on their economic status) in sarcophogi. However the art on the front of the sarcophogus changes, incorporating encaustic painting on the front, and painting Romanesque style portraits of the deceased.

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  4. Josie Jerge

    I found it interesting that they removed the 2 inner coffins much earlier to be displayed and left the outer coffin in a sterilization tent. I also think it’s interesting to think of the practices of restoration today and the delicate procedures performed compared to the lack of care in earlier history such as the example given in class of Heinrich and Sofia Schliemann during their excavation.

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  5. Sara Z

    It’s incredible with how detailed and the amount of care and thought that was put into creating this tomb for one pharaoh. The ancient Egyptians’ culture is clearly shown through their use of material, particularly gold, and relief carvings. We can get a sense of what they prioritize in their culture, and the coffin tells a story(s) of Tutankhamen. It’s intriguing with how long it took for the innermost layer of the sarcophagus to be finally revealed to the public. That gives us a sense with how long the Art preservation process is for something that is large like this.

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  6. Emma Gardner

    I think it is amazing that people were able to create such masterpieces even for the dead. The craftsmanship and detail that went into creating this is amazing, it is fit for a king. I think that researchers are finally able to see the hardships and loops that artist had to go thought during this time.

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  7. Amanda Tringale

    King Tut’s Tomb is an astounding piece of ancient Egyptian artwork. The fact that the wooden top layer of the coffin is covered entirely in gold is fascinating. I still can’t believe that this tomb wasn’t stolen or torn apart and sold for its gold. When reading the article, I became very interested in the restoration process of this tomb as well. Historical restoration and preservation are very time consuming projects that take months and even years of dedication.

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  8. Jessica Thorne

    I am super glad that the outer coffin is being carefully restored now so that it can be shown along side the other artifacts and coffins that were found in King Tut’s tomb in 1922. While some might wonder why just this layer was left in a preservation tent, but it was probably because the archaeologists did not think they had sophisticated technology to successfully restore it and keep it safe. It is so amazing that so much was left in the tomb because of the sheer amount of gold, especially in the sarcophagus itself.

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  9. Alexander Ohene-Okae

    There is much to be said about the coffin itself and its value in the ancient Egyptian culture, however there is also much to be said about the practice of ‘conservation’ through the means of desecration of ancient burial sites. The work of scientist is certainly valuable and noble considering without their body of work this piece of the culture would likely be forgotten, however considering that we have long known that disturbing these graves is against the wishes of those buried their, I hope that we would have the decency to respect these last wishes. Ethically speaking is the information we gain from these graves more valuable then the peace of those who are buried their?

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  10. Margaret Neafsey

    I never knew that King Tut’s coffin was made up of three coffins put together. The fact that long ago, people went out of their way to make his coffin gold to make it fit for a king, shows how much power he had, in my eyes. Now, people are going out of their way to repair the outer coffin. It truly shows how important this was for history, providing insight for how royalty would be treated, beyond death.

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  11. Jordan Leahey

    I am really fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture, especially their process for burying the dead. Like how they put the organs of the dead in specific jars to hold them. You can just see the amount of work that these people put into Tut’s sarcophagus. It is very strange to me in some ways that they waited this long to truly restore this outer part, especially because of how long it has been since they discovered Tut’s tomb. Although reading into the article in more depth I understand now and I’m happy they took the time and care to restore this giant piece of art.

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  12. Jasper Drilling

    After reading about King Tut’s coffin, it is clear why he is referred to as the “golden Pharoah”. I was surprised that considering how young he was and that he died at the age of 19, he had such an extravagant coffin that had the outside covered in gold and an inner coffin of solid gold. However, this makes sense considering what a great value the ancient Egyptians placed on the dead. They would have wanted to respect him and ensure that he had a proper afterlife. Additionally, I found the article interesting because I didn’t know that there were separate coffins within each other, and the detail on the outside gold is beautiful.

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  13. Eriq Moreira-Ibar

    It amazes how much can be preserved over such long periods of time. I know with certain old/ancient buildings, certain techniques must be used in order to preserve or restore buildings properly. I hope that the findings and restoration of this coffin are properly conducted. Pieces like this provide great historical context to ancient Egypt’s society and culture.

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  14. Andrew Martine

    I find it fascinating that his coffin was made out of three coffins put together. It is also cool how Egyptian art features a lot of gold and they just burry rulers hidden away. It really shows how much they value their rulers.

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  15. sierra armstrong

    I find it very interesting how young Tut was to be a ruler and imagining eight-year-olds now to be a pharaoh. The amount of gold, solid and covering, used and the detail put into the coffin are fascinating. Coffins now are just practical and straightforward boxes for the dead, while this three-layer coffin is clearly much more. I also find it interesting how much treasure is in the deceased pharaoh’s tomb, and that he has one at all. Tombs, in our culture at least, are not really seen and especially are not stocked with gold. Our dead are more often just buried in their box, sometimes with things their family buries them with for religious or family purposes (jewelry, bibles, family heirlooms).

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  16. Katelyn Brawner

    This article was very interesting! I find it absolutely amazing that Tut was a pharaoh at just the age of eight-years-old. It is interesting that Tut’s tomb contained three coffins. It’s intriguing that the coffin was intricately decorated as well. Coffins in our culture are often wooden with very little intricate details. Moreover, they only contain one coffin, where Tut’s tomb was composed of three coffins.

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  17. Mackenzie Hoffman

    Looking at the incredible detail in King Tut’s coffins you can clearly see how important death and the afterlife were to the people of ancient Egypt. I can only imagine how magnificent the restored coffin will look. When it is finished we get to see how it was originally meant to look like, not what years and years of damage has done to it. Seeing this will definitely help people feel more connected to the past and give people a greater idea of the value the ancient Egyptians put into the preparation of the dead.

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  18. Maddy Sever

    Wouldn’t this be an amazing job! Seeing something like this up close and in person would leave me in awe. The intricate and “expensive” tomb is a perfect model showing how Egyptians viewed death and the afterlife. The immense detail put into his tomb is interesting to compare to today’s modern day coffins. It gives us a glimpse into the rituals, values and beliefs of ancient Egyptians.

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  19. Michaela Steinbauer

    I was shocked to read that the tomb would take 8 months to restore. This is a precious piece of art that has not been removed from its sterilization tent in a while. The intricacy of the tomb and its designs give a humbling insight on how sacred death was to the Egyptians. They often filled their tombs with lavish items to honor their dead. In other cultures, such as the US, we keep our coffins very plain and they are often brown wood.

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  20. Emily Shively

    King Tut’s coffins portray the Egyptians value of death and their leaders. The fact he had several coffins that were made of gold and colored decoratively shows a great love or admiration for their rulers. The afterlife played a major role in their culture so it made sense how intense this burial was.

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  21. Mackenzie Reynolds

    I remember learning about King Tut and his tomb when I was in elementary school, so looking at these pictures and seeing how detailed the tomb was, is amazing. His tomb has layers, which is interesting, because from the outside you would think it is solid gold. When the researchers said that they had to sterilize and fumigate the tomb I was shocked because I thought that because of how old it is that the tomb would not be able to withstand the chemicals. The intricacy of the tomb encaptures how admired and special King Tut was.

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  22. Elena Streeter

    Egyptian art will always amaze me. I love reading about the treasures and artifacts found in tombs, and I think Tut’s is one of the greatest. Just the way they preserved and buried their people tells us so much about the Egyptian culture and their view of death and afterlife.

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  23. Stephanie Cruz

    This article was very interesting. Learning how ancient Egypt prepared their dead, especially their kings is admirable. We can see how much respect people had for them and even more so dead and seeing how they decorate their tombs. The Afterlife for the Egyptians was very important and we could see that though the painting left at the tombs and the different artifacts as well. King Tut’s coffin is very beautiful with the different colors and patterns.

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  24. Stephanie Cruz

    It’s really is amazing how technology has evolved and how it can be used to restore King Tut’s coffin. The preservation and burial rituals of ancient Egypt really showed their appreciation and care of the dead, to prepare them for the afterlife. To take the time to prepare of beautiful coffin shows how serious death was valued. Without much technology, ancient Egypt managed to build beautiful pyramids and burry their believed kings with such luxuriousness and preservation.

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  25. Adara MacDonnell

    Egyptian art is so very unique, fascinating, and distinguishable. It’s very beautiful and captures the eye with the bright colors that are used and the layers of details added, and King Tut’s tomb is no different. As a little kid, I remember everyone being obsessed with the Ancient Egyptians and mummies. I think we all wanted to be archaeologists at some point finding the next hidden Egyptian tomb. I think what really captured our attention was the art, not necessarily King Tut himself. The decorations on the tomb of King Tut is so intricate and detailed. The brightness of the gold, down to the minor details that are hardly noticeable.

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