Since I’ve been working on restoring some of the photos I lost while clearing out the media library on my account I’ve been pondering about the amounts of photos I’ve been uploading for these King Tut posts. Upon reflect of what I thought was a decent amount of photos for each post (15-20) I’m starting to feel like its insufficient in volume. I’m not sure what’s considered a good number, let me know below what you’d considered to be a fair share. So in this post I’m going to try and complete this series of King Tut Exhibition.
If there are any stragglers I’ll figure out come way, but for now let’s assume this is the last post for this series and ENJOY!
(I think) It’s a headrest
Alabaster “Ungent Vessel”
Wooden Chair, used by the king. The details of the legs being shaped to look like hounds legs is very cool to me.
Small boat, for the king’s use in the afterlife. (It’s meant to transform into a life size boat)
Canopic Stopper, view 1
Canopic Stopper, view 2: apart of the canpoic jars which held the pharaoh’s major organs in 4 separate containers. Intended to resemble the buried pharaoh, there are alternative theories which believe this bust were meant for another royal burial, but allocated because of the abrupt nature of this young kings death.
One of the four miniature sarcophagi from the canopic vases.
Statue of Soped
One of two ear rings
Image above: Golden Flabellum, ceremonial fan used to provide the pharaoh with shade and a breeze for a relief from Egypt’s arid desert.
Golden Finger/Toe Stalls: wore by the deceased pharaoh as a way to protect them from mortality and decay. Gold never tarnishes, so it was used to represent the immortal flesh of the gods. (which is what the pharaoh’s believed themselves to be)
Golden Sandals: The pair which were originally found on the body on King tut in his coffin. Written beneath the sandals would be a prayer for all pharaoh’s essentially saying “may he trample/walk over all enemies he may come across”
Burial amulets: found within the linen folds of King Tut’s linen wraps.
Gold necklace with scarab details
Emblem of Anubis
Golden necklace and amulets: buried within King Tut’s coffin on his body wrapped within the linens. These treasures were meant to help identify the pharaoh in the afterlife of his significance. Amulets apart of the mix used as protection for the young king.
An important part of a pharaoh’s burial was the glyph’s dictating the burial ceremony from the book of the dead. The above image is after all the proper mummification of the body has occurred, but before the Opening of the Mouth Ceremony. That act is usually done by his heir, but because of his youth and no apparent heir the position was filled in by his highest ranking official; the Vizier. Many archaeologist have debated whether or not he was behind the death of the young pharaoh.
Above Image: other various images on the walls on Tut’s tomb also depict his everyday life or acts he’s done in his time.
I truly love ancient Egyptian history and all the mystery it holds. I was really close to switching majors over to anthropology because of my studies in school in regards to Egyptian hieroglyphics. I was even accepted into the summer program my professor runs over in Egypt, a archaeological dig at an oasis on the outskirts of Cairo where the Nile delta had previously ran through. Unfortunately that same year Egypt was going through some major political unrest and rioting in the city center with females being targeted for no unjustly reason. The field project was narrowed down to essential bodies only, safety concerns were always present, and he even hired a private militia to guard the worker’s house at night and dig sites during the day. I was gutted.
Upon inspection of my photos I’ve decided I’ve got the skill level of a busy family dad whose trying to juggle the baby in the carrier, one in the stroller with and ice cream cone melting all over their fingers, and another one tugging his hand trying to get smallest bit of attention. So I take as many photos possible with varying angle degrees in hopes one of them will work. Thank god for digital camera sometimes. Going to work on this skill, for nothing less than pure satisfaction of elevating my photography skills.