2012/03/21

Triple Lamp with Lotus Shapes






This elegant triple lamp is delicately carved, incised, and polished from one block of alabaster.

The central cup is shaped like a lotus chalice, rising on a long stem, and is flanked by two smaller bud-like cups on sinuous stems, each with a leaf spreading out horizontally, as if they were floating on the surface of the water.


Triple Lamp with Lotus Shapes

The cups would once have contained wicks floating on oil, traces of which was preserved inside.

Ointment Jar Surmounted by a Lion


This cylindrical alabaster jar, used as an unguent or perfume container, is a masterpiece of unusual form and design. The lid is adorned with the figure of a small lion, its mouth open and an ivory tongue sticking out.

Ointment Jar Surmounted by a Lion

Around the jar are scenes of lions and dogs hunting bulls and gazelles, incised and stained with red, green, and blue paint.

The two columns on either side have lotus capitals supporting the head of the protector god, Bes. The jar rests on crossed bars ending in the heads of the traditional foes of Egypt.

The Toy Monkey from the Tomb of Tutankhamun

The Toy Monkey from the Tomb of Tutankhamun

The Toy Monkey from the Tomb of Tutankhamun


From the Amarna period, many toys of wood and limestone depicting monkeys by themselves or riding carts drawn by other monkeys were found among the ruins of the houses and palaces.

This demonstrates the fondness for animals of the Amarna royal children: the six daughters of Akhenaten and the one probable son, Tutankhamun, from whose collection this toy comes. It is in the shape of a small monkey with moveable arms.

The Child's Spinning Top

The Child's Spinning Top from the Tomb of Tutankhamun


The spinning top was one of the most beloved toys of Egyptian children in ancient and even modern times.

Here is a wooden, cone-shaped, decorated top, one of the fine examples of children's spinning tops found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

The Child's Spinning Top

When the top is thrown on the ground and the string that is wrapped around it is pulled, it turns like a balanced whirl until it loses its power of movement.

The Bird-Shaped Toy from the Tomb of Tutankhamun

The Bird-Shaped Toy from the Tomb of Tutankhamun

The Bird-Shaped Toy from the Tomb of Tutankhamun



This wooden toy in the shape of a bird might have been used as a flying bird when thrown in the air.

The signs of usage can be seen on the body of the bird.




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