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From A Secret Voyage by Zahi Hawass and Sandro Vannini

Inlaid pectoral detail, from the Funerary Equipment of Tutankhamun – New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty – From Western Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb 62 – (Carter 261i), Cairo, Egyptian Museum – This pectoral has in its centre a djed pillar identified as the backbone of Osiris with a sun disc resting on top. To the right is Isis and to the left Nephthys, sisters and protectors of the ‘King of the Dead’. Between the wings of these goddesses are cartouches containing the names of Tutankhamun.  “I will kill all of those who cross this threshold into the sacred precincts of the royal King who lives forever”, this was written before the Anubis shrine in the Treasury of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Other artefacts, like this inlaid pectoral of the goddess Nephthys, were stored inside the shrine itself.

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