(ORDO NEWS) — Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened in 1922. And 100 years later, some of the jewelry that was supposedly there was found in various museums.
There is an assumption that they were illegally taken out by Howard Carter at one time. According to Egyptian law, all these ornaments belong to the state.
How and when the British archaeologist took the jewelry out of the country is impossible to find out. At the exhibition in Luxor, which took place from 4.11 to 6.11, professor of Egyptology Mark Gabold was able to identify the lost artifacts.
First, he studied images of treasures from the tomb, and then he was able to find them at auctions that were held in various museums.
The scientist’s research made it possible to reconstruct one of the pharaoh’s chest ornaments. It was on him when the tomb was opened, and then it disappeared. It turned out that it was disassembled into fragments and taken out in parts.
Some details have still not been found, but from those that came into Gabold’s field of vision, it became clear that the precious breastplate had been taken away.
Parts of the jewel are now in the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Missouri. The museum has already agreed with the conclusions of the Egyptologist.
Another part of the beads from the necklace was woven into an ornament that belongs to one private person. It is known that recently some unknown man wanted to sell them at Christie’s auction.
The Egyptologist also discovered part of the beads in the jewelry, which is in the museum of St. Louis. These beads were in Tutankhamun’s headdress.
The professor is sure that the British Museum may also have necklaces from the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh.
Why does all the suspicion fall on Carter? Because when he was excavating Tutankhamun’s tomb, one of his colleagues exposed him in bad faith and wrote a letter about it that has survived to this day.
Carter then presented him with an inscribed necklace and claimed it was not from the tomb, but it later turned out to be the most valuable artifact.
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