The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Crouching in front of a gilded canopic shrine (which housed solid gold miniature coffins containing Tutankhamun’s internal organs), the jackal god Anubis, protector of the dead, keeps watch over the pharaoh. The god, however, fell asleep on the job some 3,000 years ago—for Carter’s team discovered that this room, called the “treasury,” had been robbed soon after Tut’s burial. The plunderers had rifled through wooden chests and scattered model ships (designed to convey the pharaoh into the afterlife) about the chamber before necropolis officials resealed the room.