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Experts install Tutankhamun’s 3rd shrine in the Grand Egyptian Museum

Cairo, May 12 (Prensa Latina) The third shrine of King Tutankhamun was completely installed in the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), informed on Wednesday Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Major General Atif Key, general supervisor of the GEM indicated it took 14 hours to assemble the piece, which was transferred from the Cairo Museum.

The operation was accompanied by scientific documentation consisting of photographs, videos and X-rays that facilitated the installation.

According to the official press release, the artifact has a double door closed with a royal seal, the ceiling is decorated with a winged sun disk and eight birds under the titles of Tutankhamun, while, there is inside the piece engravings and texts from the Book of the Dead.

The compartment of over one ton, 3.40 meters long, 1.9 meters wide and 2.15 meters height is one of seven that housed the pharaoh’s mummy along with two other shrines, a rectangular sarcophagus and three human-shaped coffins discovered in the tomb KV62 by British archaeologist Howard Carter.

It will be exhibited in the GEM room reserved exclusively for the collection of the young Tut, who died when he was only 19 years old but preserved for posterity because of the integrity and richness of his grave goods.

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 ranks as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.


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