Recently looted from the Cairo Museum during the recent uprising was one of Tutankhamun’s trumpets, found in his tomb when it was opened in 1922. In 1939 they were played for a BBC radio recording, which you can listen to here.
For more than 3,000 years they had lain, muted, in the Valley of the Kings, close to the mummy of the boy king. Found in different parts of Tutankhamun’s tomb, both were decorated with depictions of Egyptian gods identified with military campaigns.
Both became exhibits at the Cairo museum, but when it was broken into during the recent uprising, the bronze instrument vanished. Luckily, the silver one was away on exhibition tour.
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