King Tut’s Tomb: Treasury Room

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King Tut’s Tomb Chambers

The treasury room was stocked with many items such as shrines, chests, boats, and two of King Tut’s believed stillborn daughters. This room could easily be accessed directly through the burial chamber on the eastern side of the room’s wall. Although this room could be easily accessed, a statue guard with a large portable shrine of the jackal-headed god named Anubis was strategically placed at the entrance.

Another magnificent item found within this room was a carved wooden shrine gilded in gold that contained four canopic jars of Tutankhamun. This shrine had four goddesses on each side named Selket, Isis, Nepthys, and Neith. Their presence around the shrine was used to ward off any evil and to safeguard the organs for eternity.

The canopic jars that were placed within this shrine were alabaster. They were finely carved and painted with black markings showcasing the pharaoh’s features in fine detail. These alabaster jars each contained a tiny coffinette that held the pharaohs organs—all of which were neatly nestled within the shrine.

Many smaller statues of the king were also placed amongst the treasure within this room. These statues were carved in wood and gilded in gold. There were a total of 34 statues that were placed in black resin shrines. Though the usage of these statues remains unclear, it is believed they were used during the ceremony upon the death of Tutankhamun or placed within the tomb for protection. The statues were in pairs. The most famous photograph of this shows the pharaoh hunting and standing upon the back of a black panther.

This room contained 14 boats as well. These boats acted much like shabti and were evoked by magic for the pharaoh to use in his afterlife and everyday proceedings thereafter. Some of the boats were intended to float the pharaoh through the 12 hours of night and darkness before the sun would rise again. All the boats within the tomb point toward the west.