Removing the Roof of Tutankhamun's Shrine

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Capturing a pivotal moment during the removal of a roof panel belonging to Tutankhamun's outer sepulchral shrine, Harry Burton's photograph records the initial stage of dismantling the shrine and also conveys the challenges the archaeological team encountered in the tomb. Here, Howard Carter (second from the left), two Egyptian team members, and Arthur Callender (right) are poised to lift the roof panel out of the burial chamber and into the now-cleared antechamber. The shrine almost filled the burial chamber where it was found and was the first of four wooden shrines constructed, one inside the other, around the sarcophagus containing the king's body.

Griffith Institute, University of Oxford



Removing the Roof of Tutankhamun's Shrine






H 23.9 x W 17.9 cm

Accession number

Burton p0605

Acquisition method

gift, 1946

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