Golden Mask of Tutankhamun

King Tut’s coffin is uncovered (1923)

The first impression of this gigantic receptacle for the dead, its sides resplendent with chaste decorations of blue and gold set against a background of brightly colored paintings on yellow was almost overwhelming.
King Tutankhamun - Tomb mural

King Tut’s tomb in no-man’s land (1924)

The situation existing in the Valley of the Kings has no precedent in the annals of Egyptology. Carter holds the keys, while the Egyptian government have the right to call upon the armed police on duty to repel any attempts to enter it.