tomb of tutankhamun

God is a woman, who else could still love us?
Mother Earth so fucked, they ain’t even use rubbers
Now her kids run around tryna smash like their dad
And they sayin’ they don’t miss what they really never had
I try to find the peace that I had inside of her womb
Stillborn, fetal position, cradled inside a tomb
Like Tutankhamun they hoot and hollerin’ for a king
But the queen is forreal, what’s a yang with no ying?
—  Childish Gambino

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.”
Crook and flail - Wikipedia

The crook (heka) and flail (nekhakha) are symbols used in Ancient Egyptian society. They were originally the attributes of the deity Osiris that became insignia of pharaonic authority.[1] The shepherd’s crook stood for kingship and the flail for the fertility of the land.[1]

The earliest known example of a royal crook is from the Gerzeh culture (Naqada II), and comes from tomb U547 in Abydos. By late Predynastic times, the shepherd’s crook was already an established symbol of rule. The flail initially remained separate, being depicted alone on some earliest representations of royal ceremonial. Approximately by the time of the Second Dynasty the crook and flail became paired.

The only extant pharaonic examples of both the crook and flail come from the tomb of Tutankhamun.[2] Their staffs are made of heavy bronze covered with alternating stripes of blue glass, obsidian, and gold, while the flail’s beads are made of gilded wood.[3]

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We’ve already told you that Roman gladiators were a bunch of corporate spokesmen cheerily peddling the era’s version of Air Jordans. But even that far removed and ancient time isn’t where advertising started. Consider your humble beer slogan. According to anthropologist Alan D. Eames – a man gloriously nicknamed “the Indiana Jones of beer” – the world’s oldest beer advertisement hails from a Mesopotamian tablet from 4000 BC. It reads: “Drink Elba, the beer with the heart of a lion.”

Naturally, the tablet also depicts a headless woman with gigantic boobs holding two jugs of beer, because sex has always sold, even back when people thought “STD” stood for “Sexually Transmitted Demon.” Moving forward in the annals of history, a wine jar found in the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun bears the slogan: “Life, Prosperity, Health”

It’s no “the champagne of beers,” but it’s pretty catchy.

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Two fetuses found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun are very likely to have been twins and the children of the Pharaoh. By comparing different blood groups, experts believe this may be the case. (Source)

This unadorned and simple looking wooden chest is perhaps one of the more significant artifacts found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. I saw it in person when I saw the exhibition:Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs a few years ago. Realizing what it was really struck me, and it was something that stayed with me for a very long time. To borrow from a post I made last year:

 Inside were two small gold coffins that, upon being opened, were each found to hold a carefully preserved fetus. Both were less than 40 cm long, and both were believed to have been born prematurely.

The smaller of the two was found to have been about 4 months premature, and still had part of the umbilical cord preserved on it. The second and larger one was determined to be either close to term or a month premature, and had either died at or shortly after birth. This second child also showed evidence of deformities, as well as Spina Bifida and Scoliosis.

Recent DNA tests have confirmed that these two tiny girls are indeed the children of Tutankhamun. It is generally assumed that their mother, therefore, is Ankhesenamun, as he is not known to have had any other wives during his short reign.

The goddess Isis from the inside of one of the double doors of the third gilded shrine, from the tomb of Tutankhamun (c.1370-52 BC) New Kingdom (gilded wood), Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC) / Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt / Bridgeman Images

Harry Burton (1879 – 1940) photograph  Gold mask of Tutankhamun in situ  Excavation of Tutankhamun tomb by Howard Carter (1874-1939) in Valley of the Kings Luxor