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Detail of one of the scenes on the doors of the little golden shrine, found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun. The scene is described as follows in the book “The Small Golden Shrine from the Tomb of Tutankhamun” by Marianne Eaton-Krauss:

Tutankhamun receives lotus and papyrus from Ankhesenamun

The king is seated upon a low stool covered with a thick, patterned cushion. Above the strut and below the seat, the ‘union of the Two Lands’ motif in incorporated into the design of the stool. The king rests his sandalled feet on a low footstool. His far right hand is raised in greeting. With his near arm and hand, he supports himself against the stool’s seat. Tutankhamun’s costume includes the kilt described for AR 1, above, with belt and sporran, wristlets, armlets, a broad collar, and the blue crown, complete with uraeus and crimped streamers. The text identifying him is written in front of his face and continues behind his head:

“The perfect God, Lord of the Two Lands, Nebkheperure, given life.”

Ankhesenamun stands before her husband and proffers a bunch of lotus with her far hand and papyrus with the near. She wears the Nubian wig with crimped streamers, a diadem with uraeus, and a modius surmounted by an ointment cone. A broad collar and wristlets complete her costume. In front of her face and continuing behind her head is inscribed:

“The great wife of the king, Ankhesenamun, may she live.”


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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


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A scene from the back of the Little Golden Shrine found in the tomb of Tutankamun. The two rows of hieroglyphs behind the Queen identify her as:

Hereditary Princess, great in favours, Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt, possessor of charm, sweet of love, the great wife of the King, beloved of him, Lady of the Two Lands, Ankhesenamun, may she live forever and ever.