Pictures show Tutankhamun sarchophagus after being taken out of tomb for first time
Stunning images showing the insides of ancient Egypt pharaoh Tutankhamuns sarcophagus have emerged as it undergoes restoration for the first time ever.
Newly released pictures give an unprecedented view of the 3,000-year-old relic, which was removed from its Egyptian tomb for the first time in July so it could be renovated at the Gizas new Grand Egyptian Museum.
Intricate designs featuring what appear to be ancient Egyptian gods can be seen engraved at the foot of the coffin, which is made of wood and gilded with gold.
Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany told reporters today that the restoration of the casket will take at least eight months.
He said the gold coffin is in a fragile state having never been restored since it was first discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.