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King Tut Essay

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One researching replicas of Tutankhamun’s Sarcophagus could find a cheaply fabricated, solid wood imitation, hand-painted with faux gold accents, online for only about $1000. However, a truly appreciative researcher would find that putting a price tag on an extremely symbolic and meaningful piece of art would negate the hard work and effort that the creator devoted to its manufacture. A thorough investigating is necessary to gain an understanding of the artwork in the sense of who created it, what special characteristics the creator possesses, and why he/she created it. Tomb workers and slaves built King Tutankhamun’s tomb, and workers could have often been found working laboriously, sweating their final drops in the hot sun. An elaborate pulley system was used when the 3,000 pound human-like coffin was being discovered by the mass-array of luminaries who assembled for the time-crunching, fact findings of this great masterpiece.
A coffin is often surrounded by a bunch of mystified emotionally bearing wondering minds, and one would ask for an affirmation when hearing about this figures three layered art piece, featuring the outer coffin, second outside coffin, and innermost coffin. The outer coffin, undoubtedly the largest at 2.24 meters long, resting on a leonine bier that managed to endure the strain for more than 3 centuries, highlighted the coffin’s inextricability. Although it was found not plundered, chippings found in the bottom of the sarcophagus revealed the material that was used. Cypress, which is a fine silk symbolizing mourning, is found coated with a thin white paint mixture consisting of chalk called gesso. These two materials combined with the gold layer above it provides its physical foundation along with its spiritual significance. A little child might look at this artwork as just some funny looking creation that some deadbeat existence came up with. But despite the feathers and all the simple materials that were extricated for its creation, these simple objects alone, accentuate the purpose for creating this two hundred forty pound inner coffin filled with nitty gritty engravings, all emphasizing divergent messages. One thing to take note with the outer coffin, is the conspicuous images of Isis and Nephthys, who were two individuals who collaborated to fulfill their responsibilities of protecting the mummy “Tutankhamun.” The “protective embraces” appear in one of the two vertical lines on the lid. The lid of the coffin features the dead king Osiris, and cobra and vulture, Wadjet and Nekhbet, respectively. A small wreath resembling the blue cornflower is a nice contrast of the vulture and the cobra, who represent the Two Lands of Upper and Lower Egypt (History Embal Med). The cobra represented the pharaoh’s sovereignty and authority, while the white vulture represented purity. These two dominant representations worked like “yin and yang” focusing on a complicated concept, in which seemingly irreconcilable “life forces” are...

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