Ancient Egyptian pectoral with three scarabs (dung beetles), representing the god Khepri, who pushes the morning sun into the sky. Artist unknown; found in the tomb of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Tutankhamun (r. ca. 1332-1323 BCE). Now in the Cairo Museum. Photo credit: D. Denisenkov/Wikimedia Commons.
I now present a joke SO BAD that you will never want to speak to me again.
The world’s first therapist actually lived in Ancient Egypt. His clients would come in and talk to him about all of their problems, people from all walks of life– scribes, merchants, priests, even the Pharaoh himself. The Pharoah’s appointment was from 1 to 2 every Wednesday, but he liked to talk so much that the appointment always ran over into his 2 PM client’s slot. The therapist didn’t mention it at first, because it WAS the Pharaoh, after all, the living incarnation of Ra, and he had no desire to be disrespectful, but after weeks stretched on, he politely told the Pharaoh that, while he didn’t want to interrupt him, he did tend to go over time. Fortunately, the Pharaoh was very understanding and said, “If I go over time by ten minutes, just let the next person in, even if I’m in the middle of a sentence.”
Sure enough, at his next appointment, the Pharaoh was in the middle of talking, when the next client knocked on the door and said politely, “Can I come in? Is someone in there?”
Detail of the Little Gold Shrine found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun, which is covered in scenes of the Pharaoh with his wife, Ankhesenamun.
This scene shows the royal couple out hunting ducks together. Tutankhamun is seated behind Ankhesenamun, taking aim at the birds in flight. His wife sits in front of him, pointing to where the ducks are and heady to hand him another arrow.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. In celebration, we bring you Park City’s Egyptian Theatre! Construction on the theatre began in 1922, around the time archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Inspired by this discovery and under the supervision of Egyptologist C.R. Berg, the theatre was adorned with obelisks, hieroglyphics, and lotuses, among several other Egyptian motifs. The Egyptian has been the iconic venue for the Sundance Film Festival since the inaugural Festival in 1985.
Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh who was buried in a lavish tomb filled with gold artifacts in the Valley of the Kings. He reigned from the age of 8 or 9 until his death at 17. He is known mainly for his extravagant tomb, but in life the only notable mark he made was undoing his father’s mistakes.
King Tut was buried with a dagger made of an iron that literally came from space, says a new study into the composition of the iron blade from the sarcophagus of the boy king.
Using non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, a team of Italian and Egyptian researchers confirmed that the iron of the dagger placed on the right thigh of King Tut’s mummified body a has meteoric origin.
The team, which include researchers from Milan Polytechnic, Pisa University and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, detailed their results in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science.
Eighteen scenes carved into the foil show Ankhesenamun assuming a priestly role before her seated husband. She pours liquid into his ceremonial goblet and, in so doing, assumes the role of Weret-Hekau. In other scenes she mirrors the traditional postures of the goddess Maat, divine personification of truth (maat) and constant companion to the king, as she squats at Tutankhamun’s feet to receive the water which he pours into her cupped hands, or passes him an arrow to shoot in the marshes. The apparently simple, intimate scenes should probably be read as confirmation of the queen’s role in supporting her husband in his royal duties. More specifically, it seems that she is preparing him for his coronation and for his participation in the New Year ceremonies. Ankhesenamun serves as the earthly representation of Maat, or of the goddess Hathor/Sekhmet, while Tutankhamun is presented as the son of Ptah and Sekhmet, the son of Amun and Mut, and the image of Re. Here on the Little Golden Shrine we have confirmation, if confirmation is needed, of the uniquely important role played by Ankhesenamun throughout Tutankhamun’s reign and, perhaps, beyond it.
Tutankhamun: The Search for an Egyptian King - Joyce Tyldesley