Tutankhamun Ceremonial Throne
The chair in ancient Egypt, as in many eastern countries, was considered the symbol of authority and prestige. Six chairs were buried with Tutankhamen in his tomb, scattered throughout the Antechamber and the Annexe.
This chair was found in the Annexe and it was tied up with strips of linen. The original plan for this chair that it was supposed to be a folding stool but it seems that it was not successful, so the back and supporting pieces of wood were added later. It’s mainly made out of ebony covered with gold leaf and richly inlaid with ivory, coloured glass, faience and semi-precious stones.
It is often called ‘Tutankhamun’s Ecclesiastical throne’ in association with the Bishop’s seats of the Middle Ages in Europe.
It was most probably used by the king during hunting and we deduce this from the decoration especially on the seat of the throne. We can see that, it is decorated with an imitation of a spotted animal skin, may be cheetah or a Nubian goat complete with representations of the animal tail and legs under the seat providing an excellent hunting atmosphere.