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Pictures show Tutankhamun sarchophagus after being taken out of tomb for first time

Pictures have emerged of Tutankhamun's sarcophagus since it was removed from the tomb (Picture: EPA/Getty)

Pictures have emerged of Tutankhamuns sarcophagus since it was removed from the tomb (Picture: EPA/Getty)

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.

This picture taken on September 21, 2019 shows a view of the golden sarcophagus of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun (reigned between 1342-1325 BC) as it lies for restoration at the restoration lab of the newly-built Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Cairo. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images

The outermost coffin is undergoing restoration for the first time since its discovery in 1922 (Picture: Getty)

The mask of ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun is seen on the lid of his coffin as it undergoes restoration at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The pharaoh ruled from the age of 9 to when he died aged 18 (Picture: Getty)

epa07755897 Reporters stand around the gilded coffin of King Tutankhamun that is undergoing a restoration process at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt, 04 August 2019. The gilded coffin of king Tutankhamun was transported in mid-July from his tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor to the Grand Egyptian Museum for an eight-month restoration process, the first since the tomb was discovered in 1922, before displaying among his treasured collection at the museum. EPA/MOHAMED HOSSAM

The sarcophagus contained three caskets nested in each other (Picture: EPA)

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