20 Days of Tut Objects: Day 5: Tut as Nefertum (Water Lily)

Apr 15, 2020

 

20 Days of Tut. Day 4. An Easter lily for you! One of the most exquisite tomb objects and among the first found by Carter is this painted wooden statue of Tut’s head emerging from a blue water lily. I attach my own January 2020 photo of the object from its display in the Egyptian Museum Cairo, and Harry Burton’s historic image. Carved of wood and then plastered and painted in vibrant colours, it represents the king as the god Nefertem, son of Ptah and Sekhmet, associated with the lotus and an incarnation of the sun god at dawn. The head rises from a lotus blossom, which closes at night and opens again at dawn, a beautiful representation of the king’s rebirth and resurrection.

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