Ostrich-feather fan from the Tomb of Tutankhamun, wood covered with sheet gold, length of the handle, 95cm, stumps of feathers may still be seen in the holes on the outer edge of the palm, discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings by Howard Carter.
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.
Earrings with hybrid birds with wings of falcons and heads of ducks, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62). Gold inlaid with colored glass and faience. These earrings were most probably used by King Tutankhamun in his lifetime.
Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
In Egypt, 2 native species of lotus grew, white and blue. A 3rd type, the pink lotus, was introduced from Persia during the Late period. All 3 species were depicted in Egyptian art, with pink lotus featured more in work of the Greco-Roman period under the reign of the Ptolemies. The sacred blue lotus was the flower most commonly used in earlier times and the one depicted in the hieroglyph word for lotus (Seshen). White lotus blooms during the evening, giving it strong lunar associations. The flowers of the blue lotus seemed to close at night and sink beneath the water, in the morning they seemed to rise again, opening to the sun. The lotus was the only flowering plant in Egypt that bloomed continously throughout the year. Because of this, the blue lotus became a solar symbol and was corresponded to the process of creation and the continuance of life.
In Hermopolis, it was believed that a giant lotus blossom was the first expression of living form to emerge from the primordial waters. From this flower, the sun-god then came forth. Among works of art found in the tomb of Tutankhamun is a wooden carving of the head of the young king, represented as a boy of about 10, depicting him as the Reborn Child, or Sun God, rising from the petals of the sacred blue lotus, thus illustrating one of the most ancient Egyptian texts. In describing the creation of the cosmos it says, “He who emerged from the lotus upon the High Mound, who illumines with his eyes, the Two Lands.
Lotus was a favorite ingredient in aromatic baths and used along with coriander to expel fever. In the temples, scenes of lotus being held to the nose of royalty by gods and goddesses are common. It’s scent was considered restorative and protective. The Egyptians lived in a narrow strip of fertile land that bordered the Nile. Every plant that could be utilized in some way as food, eventually found it’s way to the table. Flower heads of lotus were soaked in wine to prepare a special intoxicating and fragrant drink for banquets and festivals. The root could be eaten raw or cooked; seeds were ground into flour for bread. Herberlists used lotus to increase libido. Seeds & pods were used as antidotes to love spells, and any part of the lotus carried upon the person ensured divine blessing and good fortune.
Homes were graced with arrangements of flowers, including lotus. The ancient Egyptians were considered masters of the art of perfume making and their products were known throughout the Mediterranean area. Perfume containers were sometimes carved in feline form, royal perfume jars have been found featuring lions. Ointments containing lotus, myrrh, cumin, and juniper in moringa oil were used to keep hair and scalp in good condition. Oil of Lilies was considered by many to be the Egyptian perfume. Lotus oil was said to restore a happy disposition when its fragrance was inhaled. It was used by Cleopatra VII to scent the sails and draperies of her royal barge. She was also reputed to bathe in a lotus bath daily. Lotus, cinnamon, and marjoram were among the most commonly used ‘top notes’ in perfume production. The Ptolemies built perfume laboratories at the temples of Edfu and Dendera where ritual oils, perfumes, and incense were processed. During their dynasty, Alexandria became the perfume manufacturing center of the world.
of one of the scenes on the side 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
Ankhesenamun anoints Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun sits on a high-backed, armless chair with lion legs. A patterned cushion covers not only the seat, but the back of the chair as well. The design of the chair includes the “union of the Two Lands” motif in open-work between the legs above the strut. The king’s attitude, with his elbow resting on the chair back, is a mirror image of CR4. His feet, which are unshod, rest on a low footstool.
The king wears the same kilt, with the addition of a crimped sash and sporran, as in all the other panels on the shrine. His costume includes wristlets, armlets, a broad collar, and a shebyu-necklace. An unusual feature is the depiction of the rectangular clap at the nape of the neck, a detail sometimes included when the necklace is displayed but not usually shown when it is depicted worn. The blue crown with uraeus and streamers completes the king’s regalia. A vulture hovers protectively above and behind the king’s head. The shen-sign held in its talons is augmented by the addition of an ankh. In front of the king’s face is written:
“the Perfect God, Nebkheperure, Son of Re, Tutankhamun, Ruler of Upper Egyptian Heliopolis, give life like Re.”
Behind the throne one reads:
“all protection of life is around him like Re”
The queen stands before her husband and inclines towards him. With her far hand, she touches his far upper arm. In the other hand, she elevates above her shoulder a footed dish containing a garlanded ointment cone. Draped over the cone are two lotus blossoms: two more blossoms and three buds hand behind her hand, presumably to be understood as also held in it.
Ankhesenamun, like her husband, is barefoot. Her jewelry includes wristlets, a broad collar, and a stirrup earring with dangling pendants. She wears the Nubian wig with an elaborate uraeus diadem, as in CR 4, and with streamers. Her modius is adorned with a frieze of uraei with sun disks; a garlanded ointment cone sits at its centre, flanked by four feathers. Two vertical columns 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.”
Hekat sceptre, found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Commonly referred to as the crook, it formed a pair with a stylized flagellum/flail and was an insignia of Royalty for the Pharaohs. It’s described below in an excerpt of a work by Howard Carter:
The crozier, or kind of pastoral staff, was one of the insignia of Osiris. It was held in the left hand of both the god and the king. It takes the form of a short staff ending at the top in a crook bent inwards and outwards, and in this case it is made up of sections of gold, dark blue glass, and obsidian, upon a bronze core. It was called “Hekat” by the Ancient Egyptians, and it may be said to have given origin to the pastoral staff used by cardinals and bishops.
The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Volume 3: The Annexe and Treasury
Even if fate had separated you from Yixing. Time would not stand in the way of two bonded soulmates that were bound to reunite and remain together till the end of time… but nothing is ever that easy….is it?
Heavenly light travelled down from the sky, illuminating the
white fluffs of clouds that made up the ground as well as the floating islands
that dotted the sky. The sweet smell of strawberries mixed with cinnamon filled
your senses making you stretch and rub open your eyes. Expecting to wake up
within Yixing’s arms, you gasped and whipped your head around quickly to search
for any sign of the man. But all you could see were the faint outlines of
figures floating toward something, atop the cloud layer. Sitting up from where
you were laying, you noticed your hands. They were no longer fleshy and alive,
like you were so accustomed to seeing. Instead, they were the mere light in the
colour of your skin, turning transparent around the edges. You lifted you whole
arm, and let out a shocked gasp that your whole body had transformed into this light
filled being. Surprised for a second you shook your head in case you were dreaming,
yet your last moments flooded back to you.
That is when it dawned on you. You had left behind your
physical body. Now you were this form made of light. Which was your soul.
Meaning you had. Died.
Instantly terrified by the new-found information, you
cradled your sides with your hands, pulling your legs up to your chest, burring
your face within your knees. You dearly wanted to meet Yixing again, your whole
being yearned to return to his side even if it were for a mere moment.
‘I-I love you ____ with
my entire being, heart, soul and e-everything in between. You are my one and only cross-dressing
princess’, your beloved’s voice rang through your being, your throat
tightened at the memory as you instinctively looked around quickly hoping to
see his smiling face. Yet, you were faced with a figure in a large white robe that
glistened within the dancing light. You couldn’t see their face due to some
unknown reason, but you were sure if they stretched their arms out their
garment would resemble majestic angel wings.
Too afraid to meet gazes with this unknown being you settled
on watching your almost transparent toes. That is when an intense feeling
flooded over you, as you felt yourself being looked over.
“An immortal’s soulmate huh?” The figure spoke up in a tone
dripping with seriousness, its voice a mixture of many different voices, both
male and female, young and old. Your body tensed at the sound of this being’s
voice which was borderline between peaceful and horrific. All your mind could
do was wonder how they knew that you were Yixing’s soulmate, “This is no place
for a being such as yourself”, they paused for a second shifting to crouch down
to your level, “Your soul may be reconsidered to return to the land of the
living in a number decades”
“D-decades?”, you stuttered. Your hand lifted to the bond
mark on your neck as your mind drifted to Yixing. ‘I won’t rest- until I find you again my love. I promise you’
Although he would not grow old, he would still be lonely, roaming the world in
search of you, to bring you back into his embrace. Something within you
clenched painfully at the thought.
“Yes. But are you
prepared to pay the price?”, the figure stood again, moving to your side.
“E-Even if I am born again, I can’t be with anyone but him”,
You played with your clothes shyly as you voiced your feelings. You nodded
slightly at the end to reaffirm your decision, “M-May I, know what the p-price
is for me to return to the l-living world?”, you asked curiously still very
much afraid of this being and their unusual voice(s).
“In exchange for returning a soul back into a physical
form”, they paused for a moment, causing you to anxiously fiddle with your
sleeve, “That soul must be wiped clean of all memories from their previous
life. No matter how precious and meaningful that memory or memory of the person
is”, your heart dropped down to your feet at the revelation.
“Meaning I must forget everything, in order to return to Yixing?