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Beyond the Gold: Embroidered Elegance in King Tutankhamun’s Resting Place

Chris Torti

When the last echoes of the chants for the boy king faded, and the tomb of Tutankhamun closed, it became a time capsule of ancient craftsmanship. Among the golden relics, historians found remarkable embroidered items that speak volumes about the life and times of the young pharaoh.

The Embroidered Collars Tutankhamun's tomb was home to a number of elaborate collars, rich in color and ornamentation. These were not just decorative but held religious significance, crafted to ensure protection and favor from the gods in the afterlife.

Floral collar from Tutankhamun's Embalming Cache

On display at The Met Museum Fifth Avenue

Ceremonial Garments 

Also found were ceremonial tunics with delicate beadwork, each bead sewn with precision, telling a story of the meticulous care taken in preparing for the royal journey beyond.

Detail of an appliqué and embroidered panel, from a linen garment found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, early 14th century BC.

Tutelary Figures Embroidered figures of deities adorned the linens, designed to watch over the pharaoh. These figures were more than mere decoration; they were sacred guardians woven into the fabric, accompanying Tutankhamun into eternity.

Each embroidered item found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun offers a thread of connection to the past, weaving together a story of artistry, spirituality, and royal legacy that continues to captivate the world.


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