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An Ancient Gold Fashion From King Tutankhamen

The Egypt history is rich with  gold artifacts from their ancient kingdom, including the artifacts of King Tutankhamun. On every artifacts found, clearly shown that the ancient egypt peoples love gold ornaments and all form of jewelry. Their jewelry was designed  and crafted with great tough, and worn with a careful and loveful attention, all because they really appreciated their jewelry more than the ornaments to their beauty, but also the spirit of every their jewelry. For you that still unclear about King Tutankhamun, he was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled 1333 BC – 1324 BC in the conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. His name Tutankhamun means “Living Image of Amun” (www.crystalinks.com). Below I would share about his great artifacts which showed high fashion tastes of the king.

The Tutankhamun itself  was one of the few kings worshiped as a god and honored with a cult-like following in his own lifetime. Nowadays, he is the world’s best known Pharaoh, and his associated artifact is the most exhibited. His tomb was found by Howard Carter in 1922. Howard Carter’s description upon opening the tomb in 1922 was, “At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flames to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues and gold – everywhere the glint of gold.”

His amazing gold artifacts that has been discovered including :

A stone sarcophagus, the sarcophagus was four guilded wooden shrines, one inside the other, within which lay the stone sarcophagus, three gold mummiform coffins nested each other, the inner one being solid gold, and then the mummy.

This wooden shrine is covered in gold leaf applied to a layer of stucco.

A double door opens on one of the short sides and is closed with two ebony latches running through gold rings.

Inside the shrine there is a gilded wooden support for a statue, which was probably in solid gold and removed by grave robbers. The base still carries the marks of the feet while the name of Tutankhamun is inscribed on the dorsal pillar.

These two statues were discovered in the antechamber of the royal tomb, facing each other on either side of the sealed entrance to the burial chamber.

The two statues differ only in the type of head covering they are wearing (one a khat head-cloth, the other a nemes) and the inscriptions on their skirts. The king is portrayed in a striding pose, a mace gripped in his right hand and a long staff with a papyrus stem in his left hand. A gilded bronze asp adorns his forehead while the eyes are inlaid and outlined with gilded bronze, as are the eyebrows. A gilded usekh necklace and a pectoral are worn on the chest. The pleated skirt is fastened on the hips with a belt inscribed at the rear and on the buckle with the coronation name of the king Nebkbeperura.

Two twin statues in gilded wood depict Tutankhamun standing upright on a papyrus raft and engaged in a mythical hunt for the hippopotamus symbolizing evil. The pharaoh is represented as the incarnation of Horus, the god that according to the legend fought in the swamps against the evil Seth who was transformed into a hippopotamus and was finally defeated.

Tutankhamun is wearing the crown of Lower Egypt decorated at the front with a representation of the royal cobra above his youthful, refined facial features. An usekh necklace is depicted around his neck, incised into the wood in imitation of the rows of beads of which it is composed.

The arms  in his right hand  is  the long spear whilst in his left he is holding a rope in rolled bronze with which to capture the defeated animal. Tutankhamun is wearing a pleated skirt, knotted at the front from where the cloth falls to various levels and opens in a fan-like fashion. A precious thong sandals wore by him that were part of  his official costume.

March 26, 2010 - Posted by | 'Eager to Know' Stories, Learn Gold, Spiritual of Gold

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