I always feel sorry for him. Tutankhamun died at 18 after being ill most of his life. We now know he had scoliosis (his spine deviated to the side) the vertebrae of his neck were fused together, which meant he couldn’t move his head. He had a deformed left foot and a cleft palate. He was infected with various strains of malaria. He broke his thighbone and complications or infections from that fracture is probably what killed him. On top of that, he came from a family that would be considered utterly dysfunctional by modern standards. His parents were brother and sister, and she was not his fathers favourite wife. Tutankhamun also married his half sister. His reign was short and uneventful. Most likely the actual power was wielded by his closest advisor; a man named Ay who succeeded him. We would never have known him if it weren’t for his tomb. His tomb just happened to be the last of all the pharaohs tombs to be robbed. Howard Carter famously found it in 1922 and it gave is a treasure, both in artefacts and knowledge about ancient Egypt. This is one of my favourite pieces from that tomb. It is the backrest of a gilded chair/throne. We see the much too young couple in a loving scene. He sits on a throne, wearing a much too heavy crown and Ankhesenamun (his wife/sister and cousin) touches him, ever so gently perhaps to rub some ointment on him (she has some sort of cup in her other hand). Backrest of a gilded Throne from the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Before 1323 BCE, Cairo Museum, Cairo.
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Valentine Emilia Bossert
In a piece about memory, Valentine cross-sections her recollections of places she has lived.
Sat 23 Feb