2014/03/10

Tutankhamun shelter

 The royal shelter ( umbrella) of King Tutankhamun

The function: Its main function was to protect the king from the heat of the sun, the wind

and the rains . 

Types: Land shelter ►used during the different military expeditions. Hunting trips, during

the ceremonies as well as watching the military activities

 Sea shelter ► from the name we can deduce that it used mainly upon the boats and it

presented here with the prow (the frontal part of the boat).

  The royal shelter of King Tutankhamun
  Description: It made out of wood gilded. The upper part rectangular in shape, having

 several ropes coming out of it indicating the rays of the sun. These robes are to allow

decreasing and increasing the amount of the shape provided to the king. It resting

upon 4 throws, ending with papyrus and lotus flowers at the top.  At the bottom we

have stool upon which they used to put a cushion to allow the king to sit upon .

 it decorated with sign of unification (sm3-t3wy) →the lungs, the turcia, papyrus and lotus

 flowers tied together with the enemies Egypt and their hands tied behind their backs,

 they were Libyans, Nubians and Asiatic that indicating that the king was capable of

unifying upper and lower Egypt as well as suppressing all his enemies.  There are 6 sticks

 inside the same showcase may be they are remains of the robes but the largest stick is

 probably the way of opening and closing the umbrella. 

The royal shelter used to be covered by linen sheets, some scholars that the linen sheet

 which is on display at the same corridor is belonging to it, while other scholars said that

 they are some remains of the king's garment.


Tutankhamun Unguent Vase

Unguent Vase of Tutankhamun in the Form of a Lion


       It was found in the Annex, but the crown was removed by ancient robbers and was lying on the floor nearby at the time of discovery. It represents a lion; most probably it could be god BES.






Tutankhamun Unguent Vase


GOD BES was a household deity. He was the god of music, fun and merrymaking and he was thought to protect women during childbirth. He was also thought to protect against snakes through his role as a household guardian. 

He was represented on most of cosmetic containers and objects associated with beauty e.g. mirrors etc.. Recent opinions has suggested that he composed a triad with Taweret (represented as a pregnant hippopotamus) as consort and Meskhent (goddess of the birthing bricks) as their daughter, and they were all associated with childbirth.


        The lion or BES is standing upright on a pedestal. The head and the body were hollowed out to hold unguent or perfume, traces of which could still be seen at the top of the container.


        The container is made out of alabaster while the tongue and the teeth made out of Ivory. The tongue is painted red. The left front paw rests on the hieroglyphic sign SA, sign of protection, while the right one is held up either to greet the people or to ward off the evil in a gesture meaning to stop.  The right back paw is stepping forward in contrast to the left leg stepping forward attitude of kings.

Tutankhamun Unguent Vase


        Over the head there is a crown decorated with floral and geometrical motifs serving as the mouth of the jar. The earlobes are pierced to hold earrings. The names and titles of the king and queen are inscribed on the chest.

      At the back of the figure, there is a representation of a blue rosette or a tuft of hair on the shoulder of the lion and this sign was proved that this lion belongs to Tutankhamun .