Over 3,300 years ago, a young King, known as Tutankhamen, inherited the rule of the Egyptian kingdom. Given that Tut was only nine years old at the time, guardian officials tended to political duties while the boy publicly matured into manhood. Tutankhamen’s popularity, among his people, grew rapidly over the next ten years. However, many coveted this position as King and considered themselves fortunate for not having to be concerned about competing with an heir. King Tutankhamen never conceived a son. Then, somewhere between the ages of the eighteen and twenty, Tutankhamen died, leaving his empire in a state of shock and depression. Whether the King was murdered or died of an accident is still a mystery; and although plunderers attempted to break into the tomb, the details of Tut’s burial chamber were not uncovered until 1922 (Rigby). The following paragraphs will discuss the visual appearance, construction details, past and present locations of King Tutankhamen’s coffins.
The three coffins are quite different in their physical composition and length. However, their appearances and meanings are very similar. Each coffin is the depiction of the Egyptian god Osiris, who appears as a human-faced bird. Osiris is associated
The third coffin, however, was more time-consuming in its construction. Egyptologist and pioneer, Howard Carter, described the first of their series of three coffins as a "golden effigy of the boy King larger than life" (Hoving 284). Although there may not have been much detail to King Tutankhamen"tms reign over Egypt, the young teen managed to make an impression on his people. The outermost coffin, however, currently remains in the tomb to conceal the mummified body, which was left behind because of its frailty and to ensure that King Tut"tms eternal life can go on. The forearms are folded across the upper abdomen and lie left over the right. Once the lid of the sarcophagus was lifted, Carter and Carnarvon finally found what they had been looking for. The tomb of King Tutankhamen, which was discovered in the Valley of the Kings, was very large and divided into four separate rooms. The series of coffins, which were thought to have only been one single casket, were finally discovered. Then, beneath the head of each casket is the similar layout of the body. Once the wooden frames had been shaped and assembled, sheets of gold were then hammered to the form of the coffin. After almost completely destroying such constraints, the men persisted to open the four shrines, each encircled by hawks with their wings spread for even greater protection of Tutankhamen. In order to shape the gold into the form of King Tut"tms body, the metal had to first be melted. Such gems gave the coffin its array of colors including red, brown, yellow, green, and blue. Serving as the large container of the King"tms body, the casket stood at a great seven feet and four inches. King Tutankhamen"tms coffins remain a popular subject in historical research today.