King Tut’s display case

The face of the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun has been shown to the public for the first time since his tomb was discovered 85 years ago. The ancient mummy has been moved into a climate-controlled display case where it will be better protected from sweltering heat and humidity along with dust as hundreds of visitors file past the mummy in the Valley of Kings every day. Tutankhamun, familiarly known as King Tut, was only 19 when he died over 3200 years ago. The gold and treasure found when his tomb was opened in 1922 has made him one of the most famous of ancient Egypt's rulers and his golden death mask has become an iconic image. Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass says the king's remains are in poor condition, except for his head and feet, which are the only parts visible in the new display case. The rest of his body has been covered with linen.