By Emily Webber and Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
Published: 19:45 BST, 21 September 2019 | Updated: 19:45 BST, 21 September 2019
The golden outer coffin of Tutankhamun has been removed from its sterilization tent before it undergoes a painstaking eight-month restoration process.
The gilded sarcophagus of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh now lies in the restoration laboratory of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, which lies on the outskirts Cairo, Egypt.
Inside the box-like structure of the sarcophagus are three coffins to house the body of the king.
The innermost coffin is made of solid gold, while the middle coffin is made with gilded wood, inlaid with multi-coloured glass.
The outer coffin is made from wood with a gold covering and stretches to 7.3 feet long.
This is the first time the outer coffin of 'King Tut' has been removed from the 3,300-year-old tomb since it was discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter.
The golden sarcophagus of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The Pharaoh reigned between 1342-1325 BC. The picture shows the outer golden coffin as it lies for restoration in the Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza, on the outskirts of the capital Cairo
Tutankhamun, known as the 'Golden Pharaoh', was an 18th dynasty king who ruled from the age of eight to 19. He died in 1324BC and is best known for being the first royal tomb to be discovered almost entirely intact.
He was buried in the Valley of the Kings and discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. His tomb was filled with royal treasures, including a dagger made from meteorite.
His tomb contained three coffins nestled within one another. Shortly after it was discovered both the inner and middle caskets were transferred to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, while the outer gilded coffin was left behind.
It is the first time the coffin of 'King Tut' has been removed from the 3,300-year-old tomb since it was discovered in 1922. The crook and flail (pictured) were symbols of the king's right to rule
In July, the casket was removed in a tight security operation, and fumigated for seven days.
Restoration will now continue using non-invasive equipment to repair cracks to the golden