Second Coffin, November 1925
Harry Burton (English, 1879–1940)
The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gelatin silver print; 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (16.5 x 21.6 cm)
After the lid was removed from Tutankhamun's outer coffin, a linen shroud gave only a hint of the gilded and inlaid coffin that lay within. A small wreath had been pressed around the vulture and cobra goddesses at the king's brow, and garlands made from olive leaves, blue lotus petals, cornflowers, and celery leaves were draped over his chest.