Sunday, July 29, 2018
More of Tutankhamun's Things!

Tutankhamun had so many beautiful things, I sure hope he had some time to enjoy them while he was still alive.

A chance sighting of a small grainy photo of Tutankhamun's crook caused me to remember my photo archives, and this capture:

Large Flail of Tutankhamun
Bronze handle covered with gold and glass, knots of gilded wood and carnelian
Grand Egyptian Museum, #15938
Copper Heqa Crook of Tutankhamun Inlaid with Glass and Gold
Grand Egyptian Museum, #31975
"Both this crook and the flail were found in the cartouche-shaped box. Tutankhamun's name is inscribed on both. [These] and another royal crook and flail from the tomb are the only examples ever discovered."

I'm a bit pleased with the way this photo came out:

Tutankhamun's Wishing Cup in the Form of an Open Lotus and Two Buds
Grand Egyptian Museum, #36
"Shaped like an open lotus blossom with Heh, god of eternity, on each handle, the wishing cup is a powerful symbol of rebirth and eternal life."

Spouted Faience Heset Vase with Domed Lid
Grand Egyptian Museum #13734
"Shaped like the hieroglyph heset, "to praise," this vase and the nemset vessel are the type of receptacles used during Tutankhamun's Opening of the Mouth ceremony."
Spouted Faience Nemset Libation Vase with Cartouches of Tutankhamun
Grand Egyptian Museum, #12956

"The king's cartouche is written on this teapot-shaped nemset vessel. Like the vase, it is made of Egyptian faience: ground quartz with an alkaline glaze."

On one end of this chest, we can see an example of how this vessel was used, as Tutankhamun is shown giving libations to Osiris (aka Wesir)

Wooden Travelling Chest of Tutankhamun with Gilded Knobs

Ebony, Ivory, Red Wood
Grand Egyptian Museum, #4881
"This box shows Tutankhamun making an offering to Osiris. It contained glass vessels, incense, ostrich featherss, and other ritual objects for the Opening of the Mouth ceremony."

Wooden Guardian Statue of the Ka of the King Wearing the Nemes Headcloth
Wood, Gesso, Black Resin, Gold Leaf, Bronze, White Calcite and Obsidian (eyes)
Height 192 cm, (75.59 inches)
Grand Egyptian Museum, (used to be JE 60707 at the Cairo Museum)

This is one of a matching pair that once flanked the entrance to Tutankhamun's burial chamber and acted as guardians for the tomb and as Ka, or spirit, statues. While this one has the nemes headdress, the other statue wears a "khat" headdress.

More photos to come in a later post!

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