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Ancient Egypt

Statue of Tutankhamun

Height: 167.700 cm

EA 75

Statue of Tutankhamun

From: Thebes, Karnak Temple
Date: about 1320 BC

Tutankhamun was a royal prince who became king when he was only nine years old. He was married as a boy to his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten. Because he was so young, he was advised by a group of powerful officials.

Looking at his mummy tells us that he was only about 17 when he died suddenly, but exactly how is still a mystery. He was buried in the Valley of the Kings, and lay there undisturbed until an archaeologist called Howard Carter found the tomb in 1922.

This temple statue clearly shows the face of the young Tutankhamun. This is despite it being altered by a later king, Horemheb, who tried to erase him from the record.