Tutankhamun Artefacts Essay

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Tutankhamun was an Egyptian Pharaoh from the 18th dynasty who is known for inheriting the thrown at such a young age and perhaps is the most recognised Egyptian ruler of all time, although he only ruled Egypt for ten years. After his mysterious death at age 18, he vanished from history until his tomb was found by Howard Carter and fellow archaeologist George Herbert in 1922. In the tomb they found various artefacts that gave a detailed insight to the life of the Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, himself. One artefact that was found in the tomb was ‘The Golden Throne’ which was known to most as the finest of thrones ever found from any ancient civilisation. In Ancient Egypt the chair was a symbol of prestige, status and authority. It was carved out of wood in the form of an arm chair. It’s uniquely covered in repouse sheet gold and silver enchased with designs relating to his life in semi-precious stones, faience and coloured glass. On the main element of the chair, the backing, is a visual image of young Tutankhamun seated on the throne facing his queen, who appears to be anointing his shoulders with scented oil. The picture in full is represented realistically and the colouring is beautifully detailed. The chair and its exquisite details promote the relationship of the royal couple. From this ornament, archaeologists were able to retrieve a lot of information about what the life of Tutankhamun was like, who he was and who his subjects believed he was, the position he occupied and what his expectations were concerning heaven, earth and the afterlife. The throne follows the Amarna artistic tradition developed under Akhenaten, a Pharaoh that tried to persuade the nation to worship one god, the sun disc Aten. Representing Aten is a solar disc displayed at the top and centre of the seat with life giving rays extending as arms and hands towards Tutankhamun and his Queen. Further

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