The Ceremonial Throne of Tutankhamun

By Jacqueline Engel

The high curved back of the Ceremonial Throne of Tutankhamun is fitted to a stool with crossed legs carved to represent the necks and heads of ducks. The deeply curved seat (designed to hold a cushion) is inlaid with ebony and ivory in imitation of a spotted animal skin.

ebony and ivory…..

The glory of this chair is the back; it is made of wood covered with gold foil and is inlaid with semi-precious stones and colored glass. On the upper part of the back, we see the vulture goddess with her outspread wings protecting the names of the king.

It seems that this throne was made early in the reign of Tutankhamun because of his name, which is written in the royal cartouche as Tutankhaten.

Gilded Footstool of Tutankhamun Decorated with Prisoners.
Wood, Gesso, Faience
Tomb of Tutankhamun, Antechamber JE 62046-SR 1/881-Carter 90

It was most probably used by the king during hunting and we deduce this from the decoration especially on the seat of the throne.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62).

Collection of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62030

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