Egyptian / Egyptian Revival Architecture and Furniture............... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

King Tutankhamun Tomb Furnishings
as excavated and photographed by the Howard Carter-led Egyptian Expedition in the 1920s

The tomb was sealed during the Egyptian New Kingdom, 1325 B.C.

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Carter and Lord Carnarvon


Carter in the tomb

Carter in the tomb





  • 2 animal-form couches
  • Folding X-form stool

Gilded acacia double-cove, fixed seat stool ..... Animal legs

Ebony and red cedar panel and frame chest:

  • Ivory and ebony strips
  • Carrying poles

X-form stool:

Alabaster lamp with cups carved into the shape of open lotus buds. Each cup held oil and a wick.

Alabaster vases (usually holding expensive perfumes) has decorative lotus petal borders painted on the neck

Howard Carter (May 9, 1874-March 2, 1939) was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist. He is most famous as the discoverer of KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt.

Howard Carter was born in 1874 in Kensington, London, the youngest son of eight children. His father, Samuel Carter, was an artist. His mother was Martha Joyce (Sands) Carter. Carter grew up in Swaffham, in northern Norfolk, and had no formal education. His father trained him in the fundamentals of drawing and painting.

Carter began work in 1891, at the age of 17, copying inscriptions and paintings in Egypt. He worked on the excavation of Beni Hasan, the gravesite of the princes of Middle Egypt, c. 2000 BC. Later he came under the tutelage of William Flinders Petrie. He is also famous for finding the remains of Queen Hatshepsut tomb in Deir el Babri.

Carter was introduced, in 1907, to Lord Carnarvon, an eager amateur who was prepared to supply the funds necessary for Carterís work to continue. Soon, Carter was supervising all of Lord Carnarvonís excavations. Lord Carnarvon financed Carterís search for the tomb of a previously unknown Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, whose existence Carter had discovered.

On February 16, 1923, Carter opened the burial chamber and first saw the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun.

- Yasser Metwally, King Tutankhamun's Tomb 11/09

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