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

Child’s Chair of Tutankhamun

Child’s Chair of Tutankhamun

This solid chair is an everyday piece of furniture that was found in the room called the “Antechamber” in the tomb of Tutankhamun. It has been suggested that the king used it when he was a child.

It is made of ebony inlaid with ivory and embellished with gold panels on the arms that are pictures of ibexes and desert plants. The joints are pinned with copper rivets covered with gold. The legs are in the form of lions’ legs and terminate in lions’ paws with ivory claws.

This chair is an excellent example of the construction of ordinary chairs in Egypt; the back is curved and slopes slightly backwards; it is supported by three vertical slats; the seat is made of five carved slats fastened to the frame with mortise and tenon joints.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62033

Tutankhamun’s Lotus Chalice

Tutankhamun’s Lotus Chalice

This alabaster chalice in the form of a lotus is decorated with a whorl of circles and sepals in low relief. The handle is a lotus flower and bud supporting with god Heh, the symbol of eternal life.

The cup bears the names and titles of King Tutankhamun. The text around the rim expresses wishes for the king to live millions of years and to enjoy great happiness.

Found at the entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62). Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62125

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