Pectoral of King Tutankhamun

Pectorals, which were considered to be shields, were important jewelry items of kings or high officials. The magic of the sacred symbols, deities and colors on the shields protected the wearer in life and the afterlife.

Unlike many other pectorals made of gold and semiprecious stones, this pectoral is made of gilded wood and colored glass and belonged to King Tutankhamun.  The main decorative element is the royal cartouche containing the throne name of the king.

Pectoral of King Tutankhamun

The serpentine scarab, usually the central and most important element of the pectoral, is used as a counterbalance and hangs on the back of the wearer.

This pectoral was given as a present for the burial of the king by one of the humbler attendants.

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