2014/03/21

Tutankhamun Headrest with Two Deities

The Headrest with Two Deities of King Tutankhamun


 "Your head will not be taken away from you." So says Chapter 166 of the Book of the Dead. That is why the Ancient Egyptians placed a headrest under the head of the mummy to protect it from harm.

This is a simple headrest made of sycamore, the local Egyptian wood. It has two rectangular bases and a crescent-shaped neck support. It differs from other headrests because of the two kneeling deities, who gracefully hold the curved neck support with their hands.

Tutankhamun Headrest with Two Deities

In spite of the absence of any inscription, it is probable that the two deities are Isis and her sister Nephthys. These two goddesses played an important role in the funerary rituals according to Egyptian beliefs.

Tutankhamun Papyrus Sandals

The Papyrus Sandals of King Tutankhamun



This pair of sandals is one of a hundred pairs of sandals found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Unlike many of the others, which are ceremonial sandals, elaborately decorated or never used by the king, this pair is the sort of simple traditional sandals worn by Egyptian people. It seems that the king wore this style of footwear during his lifetime. The sandals were usually made of papyrus stems .

Tutankhamun Papyrus Sandals

It is also the style of footwear worn by the priests and called "sacerdotal sandals." They can be seen on the feet of priests painted on the walls of Egyptian temples.