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Head of King Tutankhamen

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In 1922, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes. The smallest of the royal tombs, it was the only one that preserved its fabulous treasures virtually intact, the king's mummy resting undisturbed in its four coffins and four shrines nested one inside...

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By 1909: purchased in Egypt by Joseph Lindon Smith; 1909: on loan to the MFA; 1911: purchased by the MFA through funds provided by Mary S. Ames. (Accession date: August 3, 1911)

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Museum purchase with funds donated by Miss Mary S. Ames

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamen, 1336–1327 B.C.

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Height x width: 29.6 x 26.5 cm (11 5/8 x 10 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World