Robbing Tutankhamun: Greed for Gold, Linen, Cosmetics and the Good Life—Part II

Robbing Tutankhamun: Greed for Gold, Linen, Cosmetics and the Good Life—Part II

Against all odds, Tutankhamun’s tomb survived the ravages of time; when the magnificent burial places of his predecessors and successors were ransacked in antiquity, and their treasures stolen. However, the boy king’s crypt was not unmolested, as Howard Carter discovered, as it had been subjected to robbery more than once. The perpetrators most probably suffered a gory end. But the treasures that remained have provided us a unique glimpse into the life and times of a virtually unknown ruler of ancient Egypt; bringing him unprecedented global fame that would be the envy of even the most illustrious pharaohs.

(Read Part I here)

Tutankhamun as Amun wearing the tall twin plumes that were part of this state god´s iconography. His face shows a gentle childlike quality, and we can assume it was carved quite early in his reign. From Karnak Temple. Luxor Museum.

Tutankhamun as Amun wearing the tall twin plumes that were part of this state god´s iconography. His face shows a gentle childlike quality, and we can assume it was carved quite early in his reign. From Karnak Temple. Luxor Museum.


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