Shield with King Tutankhamun Slaying His Enemi…

Shield with King Tutankhamun Slaying His Enemies

Among the military equipment found in the tomb of Tutankhamun were eight shields, four of which are ceremonial and are of openwork wood, incised and gilded.

On this shield, a winged sun disk curves around the top, protecting the king who is shown with a scimitar in one hand and holding two lions by their tails in his other hand. The lions symbolize the enemies of Egypt.

Behind the king, the vulture goddess, Nekhbet, spreads out her wings for the king’s protection. Below, a band of decoration suggests the mountains of the desert.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61576

Shield with King Tutankhamun Slaying His Enemi…

Shield with King Tutankhamun Slaying His Enemies

Among the military equipment found in the tomb of Tutankhamun were eight shields, four of which are ceremonial and are of openwork wood, incised and gilded.

On this shield, a winged sun disk curves around the top, protecting the king who is shown with a scimitar in one hand and holding two lions by their tails in his other hand. The lions symbolize the enemies of Egypt.

Behind the king, the vulture goddess, Nekhbet, spreads out her wings for the king’s protection. Below, a band of decoration suggests the mountains of the desert.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61576

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