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date: 15 November 2019

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The tombs in the Valley of the Kings were intended to contain a range of objects to assist the king’s journey to and survival in the afterlife. Tutankhamun’s almost intact tomb (KV 62) gives the most complete picture of one royal tomb group, but fragments of the same types of objects, and depictions of objects in wall scenes, survive from other tombs. The king was provided with many of the same items as contemporary private individuals: statues depicting himself, shabti figures, furniture, weaponry, clothing, food, and drink. Some objects, such as statues of the gods, and some models seem to have been restricted to royal tombs. Most items of any value were stolen or were abandoned when the royal mummies were rehoused during the Twenty-first Dynasty, but surviving remains illustrate the range of royal afterlife expectations during the New Kingdom.

Keywords: funerary equipment, statues, shabtis, furniture, ritual objects, weaponry, clothing, tomb robbery, Tutankhamun

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