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
Height 42.9cm (almost 17 inches)
Grand Egyptian Museum, #15938
Copper Heqa Crook of Tutankhamun Inlaid with Glass and Gold
Height 43.3cm (17 inches) 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
Height 18.3cm (7.2 inches), Width 28.3cm (11.14 inches), Diameter 16.8cm (6.6 inches)
Grand Egyptian Museum, #36 (Formerly JE 67465)
"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." (Info Card)
"The names and titles of Tutankhamun and the epithet 'beloved of Amun-Ra, lord of the thrones of the two lands, lord of the sky' are painted inside a square field outlined with blue in the center of the cup. Around the rim of the cup are two horizontal inscriptions, each beginning with an ankh sign at the center and moving to one side. In one direction are more of the names and titles of the young king; the other inscription reads,'May your ka live, and may you pass (live) one million years, your face toward the northern wind: may your eyes see the good place.'" Zahi Hawass, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (National Geographic 2005), page 248

Spouted Faience Heset Vase with Domed Lid
Vessel: Height 16.8cm (6.61 inches), Diameter 6.1cm (2.4inches)
Lid: Height 5.2cm (2.04 inches), Diameter 5.5cm (2.16 inches)
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." (info card)
Spouted Faience Nemset Libation Vase with Cartouches of Tutankhamun
Vessel: Height 10.2cm (4 inches), Diameter 10.9cm (4.29 inches)
Lid: Height 6cm (2.36 inches), Diameter 7cm (2.75)
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
Height 63.5 cm (25 inches), Width 60.5cm (23.8 inches), Length 83cm, (32.67 inches)
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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