National Geographic : 1923 May
AT THE TOMB OF TUTANKHAMEN © New York Times Company PREPARING TO MOVE ONE SIDE OF ONE OF TUTANKIAMEN'S BEDS TO THE EXCAVATORS' WORKSHOP (SEE DETAIL PIOTOGRAPI, PAGE 504) The priceless relics of the antechamber of King Tutankhamen's tomb were removed with elaborate care, lest any of them be marred in being transferred. which they were supposed to form a bar rier, these statues have a far-away look gazing down from the fourteenth century before Christ. Their carefully creased kilts, which stand out in front of them like elevated snow-plows, are said to be unlike any others found, although similar ones are frequently represented in paint ings and bas-reliefs (see pp.493 and 506). WONDERFUL DECORATIONS ON TIIE SARCOPHAGUS Between these two statues was the en trance to the inner chamber, blocked by new timbers, so that one could not pass into the chamber itself. The distance between the huge sar cophagus and the rough walls is so small that one would have to pass with care. New boards separated from the sarcoph agus by soft buffers protected this corner of the huge case in which it is hoped Tutankhamen reposes. It was evident that after Lord Allenby got his back dusty greater precautions had been taken to protect this matchless relic of the past. Words cannot give any impression of the decorations of this great box, of 487 ~~ :~ itI ~ :?e~ ;;;'~ 1.