The tomb has a story to tell...


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Anubis & Tutankhamun &  Hathor

A royal tomb during the 18th dynasty was usually ornately decorated. However, due to his unexpected death, this was not the case for Tutenkhamun's tomb. They had to use an existing tomb for his burial place & they had little time to prepare it.

Only the burial chamber was decorated. The walls were painted yellow, which is a sign of immortality & they showed the following scenes: Figures on the north wall were painted in the distinctive style of Akhenaten's reign. Their legs are short, stomachs big & large almond shaped eyes.


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King Ay while opening the mouth ceremony on Tutankhamun

On the south wall the scenes show the king wearing the white wig. In front of him, Hathor offers the sign of life (ankh) to Tutenkhamun's nose. Behind him, Anubis places a hand on the kings shoulder. Behind Anubis is Isis, who is welcoming him into the netherworld. Also on the north wall it shows the kings funeral. His coffin is placed in a large model boat with goddesses Isis & Nephthys looking on protectively. This is then staged across the sand towards the afterlife.

There are 3 more scenes on the north wall. The first shows Ay (king's advisor, who became king after Tutankhamun died) wearing the blue crown, showing that he is heir to the throne.

The next scene shows goddess Nut welcoming Tutenkhamun into the realm of the dead.

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The last scene shows Tutenkhamun standing before Osiris. Behind him stands a figure wearing upraised arms on his head, between which is a bull, giving Tutenkhamun's Horus name 'The strong bull'.


The western wall is the most important as it faces the direction of the setting sun & the netherworld. The scene on here presents 'what is the netherworld'. The scarab god Khepri (rising sun) is on a solar boat with 2 figures of Osiris (god of the dead) beside him. Before him stands Maat (goddess of truth & cosmic order) & Horus (god of kingship). Below is a grid with 12 sections, each showing a baboon. This represents the 12 hours of night. Tutenkhamun travelled with the sun god through all of the 12 hours on a journey full of dangers. At the final destination he is re-born with the sun at dawn.