This box discovered in the Tomb of Tutankhamun and housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo exemplifies ancient Egyptian craftsmanship. Measuring approximately 1.5 feet in depth, 2 feet in width, and 3 feet in length and weighing an estimated 90 pounds, the rectangular gold box demonstrates intricate bas-relief work on its surface, telling the story of Tutankhamun's life.
The box lid contains motifs associated with Horus, symbolized through falcons, and Ra, represented by a solar disc, referring to their roles as the sky and sun gods respectively. The sides of the box further elaborate upon Tutankhamun's death and the afterlife. One side offers a depiction of Anubis, god of embalming and the dead, sheltering Tutankhamun, illustrating notions of his journey to the afterlife. Another side shows the ruler gaining life from Hathor, the goddess of love and beauty, indicating his acceptance into the divine realm.
Protective deities ornament the box's corners with high detail. The box's interior previously contained various objects like gold miniatures, game sets, and personal items of Tutankhamun, offering a glimpse into the young king's lifestyle. Its preservation suggests sophisticated techniques of the ancient Egyptians.