The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt has announced that the outer coffin of Tutankhamun has been removed from its tomb – for the first time since it was uncovered. Urgent restoration work needs to be carried out on the outer coffin of King Tut in order to preserve it. It is expected that the gilded coffin of one of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh’s will soon be put on public display for the first time.
This coffin is made of wood and gilded plaster and portrays “the king in the Osirian shape, with arms crossed upon his chest and holding the insignia, the flail and the crook” according to a press release by the Ministry of Antiquities. It was the outer of the three nested coffins that held the mummy of the pharaoh and measures 223.5 cm (7 ¼ feet) in length by 84cm (2 ¾ feet) and has silver handles.