2014/06/03

Ornamental Perfume Vase of Tutankhamun

This ornamental vase is made of two pieces glued together and found in Tutankhamun's tomb . The upper part consists of the flask itself, which contained perfume.

The flask is flanked with the hieroglyphic Ankh sign of life, and the flowers and stems of the papyrus and the lotus, emblems of Upper and Lower Egypt. They are arranged symmetrically in openwork design.

Ornamental Perfume Vase of Tutankhamun

The lower part is the stand, which is formed of a central support flanked by two simple columns. The neck of the flask is decorated with a band of inlaid blue faience and white limestone lotus petals, hanging from strings made of blue and white glass.

They represent garlands that were used to decorate flasks on festive occasions. The flask and the surrounding signs are framed with raised stems depicting palm ribs, the hieroglyphic sign for "year."

The Footstool with Nine Prisoners of Tutankhamun's throne

The Footstool with Nine Prisoners





The priestly chair, one of Tutankhamun's thrones, has on its footstool the nine bows, the Egyptian name for the traditional enemies of Egypt.

The finely crafted figures on the footstool are of nine Africans and Asiatics bound together with chains. The men are portrayed as prisoners lying prostrate with their arms bound behind their backs. Each has the clothing, equipment, and features peculiar to each of these different people.

The Footstool with Nine Prisoners of Tutankhamun's throne

They are positioned on the footstool so that when the pharaoh sits on his throne, his enemies would be under his feet. The king's footstool is in the form of a small, low, rectangular box.

Colorful Stool Made for a Child of Tutankhamun

Colorful Stool Made for a Child


Compared with other stools that were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, this one is remarkable. Because of its size, this stool appears to have been made for a child.

Colorful Stool Made for a Child of Tutankhamun

It is of ordinary rush-work covered with plain linen and enriched with many complicated and brilliant colors.

It is decorated with two bounding lions and the sign of Unification of the Two Lands.


Seat with Grooves belonged to Tutankhamun

Small Seat with Grooves


Seat with Grooves belonged to Tutankhamun



Although this piece of furniture, which came from the antechamber, is only 36.5 centimeters high, it might be categorized as a royal seat. It was placed under the first ritual bed.

The seat with its low back is described in the excavation report as a wooden support in which grooves have been executed on the back and on the seat. This indicates that it might have been a chair that belonged to Tutankhamun as a child.

Leather armlet

Fragment of a leather armlet, in wich an embossed decoration of a stylized geometrical type has been fretted.The fragment corresponds to one of the armlet's ends.

Leather armlet

Tutankhamun Knife

Small Knife with Handle with Name of King Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun Knife


The handle of this knife is inscribed with the cartouche of King Tutankhamun, which reads "the Good God Neb-khepru-Re, may he be given Life 'again'."

A scene in the private tomb of Vizier Rekhmire at Thebes shows that small knives like this one, were used for leatherwork, such as cutting sandal blanks, or standard shapes or forms.


Scarab Pectoral


The use of pectorals was associated with the wish for the resurrection of the dead. The front contains a scarab as a symbol of the rising sun.
On either side of the scarab we find Isis and Nephthys in jubilation, the wife and sister of Osiris,identifying the rising sun with Osiris, the god of resurrection. 

Scarab Pectoral

 Scarab Pectoral

Pectorals like these, made of stone and with a cavetto cornice at the top, were placed on the chest of the mummy, doubling in function as a heart scarab. The reverse side shows the adoration of Osiris.

King Psusennes Ring

 Ring with Udjat Eye of King Psusennes the First

 Ring with Udjat Eye of King Psusennes the First



This ring is one of many that were found in the tomb of King Psusennes the First at Tanis. The circle of the ring is made of gold and bound with wire; the wire was probably added to improve the fit. The bezel is an almost rectangular stone plaque representing the Udjat eye of Horus, a symbol of protection of the body that ensured the wearer resurrection and rebirth.

The eye was lost in a struggle and then was healed by the god of wisdom, Thoth, according to the famous myth of Osiris and Isis. The Udjat eye is pierced and attached to the ring with two round gold beads to give it flexibility and ease the movement of the stone on the finger.

Faience Necklace

Faience Necklace



Faience Necklace



The actual necklace consists of small faience disc beads, in alternating red, light blue and white colour, with between them pendants in the shape of bursting poppy heads. They are light blue (grey-blue) and light red. There are 59 pendants in total.