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Conserving Tutankhamun's Chariot
Conserving Tutankhamun's Chariot

Photo credit: Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

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Harry Burton's photograph of Arthur Mace (standing) and Alfred Lucas (seated) working outside the 'laboratory' set up in the tomb of Sethos II (KV 15), removing solidified paraffin wax droplets from one of the gilded chariots (Carter no. 120) found in the Antechamber. During the clearance of Tutankhamun's tomb, the excavation team's conservators used gallons of this wax, which was heated and then applied while liquid, to stabilise and protect objects, especially those with gilded and inlaid decoration. Once this final conservation task was complete, the team wrapped and crated each object, ready for its transport to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Griffith Institute, University of Oxford



Conserving Tutankhamun's Chariot






H 17.9 x W 23.9 cm

Accession number

Burton p0517

Acquisition method

gift, 1946

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Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

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