National Geographic : 1974 Jan
EARLY EGYPT'S SPLENDOR STILL DAZZLES THE WORLD "/" OLD-everywhere the glint of _Jgold," exclaimed British archeol ogist Howard Carter on discovering Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. The trove had been buried with the youth ful pharaoh who ruled Egypt 1,350 years before Christ. Tutankhamun's queen tenderly approaches her husband (left) in a scene on a wooden burial throne covered with sheet gold, silver, semi precious stones, and glass-paste. Face of beaten gold (above) adorns the second of three nested coffins that held the king's mummy. Spreading protective wings, the slender goddess Isis guards a burial shrine door (right). She stands above the ancient Egyptian symbol for gold.