2014/04/22

Tutankhamun Glove

The Glove of King Tutankhamun


The glove of King Tutankhamun is the same as a modern glove. A glove would be in the shape of the hand and have five fingers like this one, or two fingers like another one that was found belonging to the same king in his tomb.

Most probably, gloves in ancient Egypt were not used to keep the hands warm, as in cold countries, but were worn for horse riding, so were made of linen and not of wool.

The Glove of King Tutankhamun

Linen was the national textile in Egypt and the figures for the flax harvest were shown on the tomb's walls beside those for the corn harvest.

Tutankhamun Statue Holding the Insignia of Osiris

The Statue of Tutankhamun Holding the Insignia of Osiris



This statue is one of six that survive of the eleven Osiride sandstone figures that were attributed to Tutankhamun. They once stood in front of great ram-headed sphinxes that lined the avenue from the tenth pylon of Karnak to the Mut temple precinct nearby.

The King's statues were intended to show respect for the god and receive protection from him. The statue depicts the king with his arms crossed on his chest holding the insignia of Osiris, the god of the dead, the Heqa scepter, and the flail Nekhekh of dignity. The King is wearing the Nemes linen head cloth, which leaves his ears free to hear the prayers.

Tutankhamun Statue Holding the Insignia of Osiris

The king, in this sculpture, is identified with the god Osiris, thus coming under his protection. He could then share the offerings and prayers brought to the god.

Hundreds of stone statues and thousands of bronze statuettes were found hidden for about three millennia in a cache in the court of the seventh pylon of Karnak. Among these, a few sculptures in the round were found that represented the young King Tutankhamun.



Shawabti of Tutankhamun with Nubian Wig


One of many shawabties that were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. They portray the king with a young face but differ in details such as the hairstyle or the headdress the statuette is wearing.

This gilded wood shawabti wears a short curly Nubian-style wig of the sort that was reserved for use by the royal family, both men and women.

Shawabti of Tutankhamun with Nubian Wig

The royal uraeus was probably inserted in the small hole on the forehead below the gilded band of the headdress. The scepter that the statuette holds is made of bronze but the flail, the other item of royal insignia, has been lost.

The four columns of inscriptions on the statuette are the formula of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead, in which the deceased requests his shawabti to respond in his place when Osiris calls him to work in the fields of the afterlife .

Vase Flanked by the Symbol of United Egypt the semataway


This beautiful vase has a long cylindrical neck with a circular lid, a rounded belly decorated in relief with many flower petals and two elegant handles.

The two sides of the vase are decorated with an identical openwork design, which represents lotus and papyrus flowers, the symbols of Upper and Lower Egypt.



Vase Flanked by the Symbol of United Egypt the semataway

On each side, three papyrus plants ending with three triangular papyrus flowers are shown emerging from a lotus flower at the bottom.

The vase and the openwork are placed on a large rectangular base with four legs, decorated with openwork geometrical motifs.

The sm3 t3wy sign represents the trachea and the lungs of the king with papyrus and lotus plant tied around it which means that the people of Egypt catch their breath of life through the lungs of the king.


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