The exhibition features jars, lids, bowls, floral collars, linen sheets, and bandages that were used at the pharaoh's mummification and the rites associated with his burial, as well as related objects such as a sculpted head of the youthful Tutankhamun and several facsimile paintings depicting funerary rituals. Archival photographs from the early twentieth century by Harry Burton, the Museum's expedition photographer, provide an evocative background.
Although few facts are known about the brief life of Tutankhamun (reign ca. 1336–1327 B.C.), scholars studying the funerary cache have been able to reconstruct details of his death and burial. For example, botanical analysis of the well-preserved, more than three-thousand-year-old floral collars indicates that the plants they contain bloom in Egypt between late February and mid-March. Since the complex process of mummification took about seventy days, it is now believed that Tutankhamun probably died in December or January.
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