PM inspects King Tut’s golden coffin at Grand Egyptian Museum

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli inspected on Saturday August 3, 2019 the coffin of Egypt’s boy-king Tutankhamun as it had been transported from its tomb in the Valley of Kings in Upper Egypt to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

The golden-plated wooden coffin is one of three coffins discovered in the Valley of King near Luxor in 1922, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said while briefing the premier on its contents.

The sarcophagus is 223,5 cm long, 86,8 cm wide and 105,5 cm high, the minster added, noting that it has two silver handles for moving its cover.

A smaller casket, encasing an internal coffin weighing 110,4kg, was found inside the external golden-plated one, which suffered a lot of damage, including cracks in the golden layers of plaster and a general weakness in all golden layers, Enany said.

Enany noted that the middle coffin is already on display at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri and GEM Projects General Supervisor Maj. Gen. Atef Moftah accompanied the premier during his inspection tour.

Source: State Information Service Egypt