2013/11/14

Gold Sheet Fan Handle of Queen Ahhotep

The fan of Queen Ahhotep is made of wood covered with gold sheet. It has a long handle of beaten gold sheet around a wooden core, topped by a stylized knob in the form of a papyrus flower and stem. Ostrich feathers were originally inserted into the gilded fan. The flat section is adorned with an offering scene.

Gold Sheet Fan Handle of Queen Ahhotep


King Ahmose the First, son of Ahhotep, is shown in front of a deity who holds the Was scepter in his hands. Behind the king, we can see the falcon god Horus standing on the Serekh. Fans represented the air, breath, and life and were also a royal symbol of the king.

Uraeus of King Senusert II

The golden uraeus, or royal cobra, of Senusert the Second was once fixed to the front of the royal headdress or the crown of the king.  The body of the uraeus is made of hammered gold inlaid with semiprecious stones set into cloisonne.  The head is made of lapis lazuli, while the eyes are made of garnet. The neck is decorated with lapis lazuli, feldspar, and carnelian. 
Uraeus of King Senusert II


The golden tail has two looping turns and two ringlets are attached to the back of the snake's body for attaching it to the crown or the headdress.  Representing the goddess of Lower Egypt, this reptile was the protector of the king and of kingship. Therefore, it became an emblem decorating the royal headdress or crown.


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