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