2014/05/23

The Shawabti of Tutankhamun with the White Crown

The Shawabti of Tutankhamun with the White Crown

The Shawabti of Tutankhamun with the White Crown





This shawabti is one of 413 shawabti mummified figures found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. This fine shawabti figurine has the face of the king, depicted as very young, wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt. It is generally thought that the White Crown was made of silver, while the Red Crown of Lower Egypt was made of ruddy colored copper.

These figurines were needed to magically assist the deceased in carrying out certain manual duties in the afterworld.

The forehead of the king is ornamented with bronze heads of the vulture and the cobra, the protective deities of Upper and Lower Egypt respectively. The face is sensitively carved with eye details marked in black; the whites are painted in.

The body is wrapped in a shroud, as a mummy, and bears four lines of inscription containing the shawabti text. His hands are crossed like those of the god Osiris to hold the flail, now missing, and the crook scepter, which has survived. The whole body is gilded except for the face and hands, which are left in the natural wood

Model of a Boat of Tutankhamun


This is one of eighteen model boats that were found in the treasury of the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

The fleet was to be used by the king on his journey beyond the grave and consequently the boats were all facing west to indicate the direction of travel.

Model of a Boat of Tutankhamun

This boat is fitted with sails and shrouds and has a central cabin and a housing at either end decorated with images of a bull and a sphinx.

This type of boat was used to make pilgrimages to the holy city of Abydos, the cult center of the god Osiris.

Tutankhamun Earrings

The Earrings of Tutankhamun 


These simple earrings, made of unglazed faience, were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. They are the type of earrings that were worn by the African enemies depicted on the walls of Egyptian temples.

The Earrings of Tutankhamun

Earrings were probably introduced into Egypt by the Hyksos, the Asiatic invaders who settled in Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period. They were worn by both sexes although it appears that males wore them only until adolescence; they are never seen in representations of adult men.