King Tut's Painted Wooden Chest

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New Kingdom Egypt was an era that was fit for a king and queen, but to be specific it was fit for a Pharaoh. Being a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt, meant that they had a lot of responsibility and was looked up to. Well known today and youngest Pharaoh during the New Kingdom era was no other than the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Otherwise known as King Tut. In many of the wall paintings in his burial chamber, it depicts his accomplishments during the time he was alive and the welcoming he received from the gods during the afterlife. While many of these great works of art of King Tut are mostly found on the walls of his tomb, a few of them can be found on furniture, where we do not normally expect to see them on. Take King Tut’s Painted Wooden Chest (Figure …show more content…
Both of the figures are clothed and the female figure is portrayed standing up, while the male figure is sitting. There is a round symbol above the figures that shines down rays with hands at the ends. In this painting the male figure is shown as King Tut and the female figure is shown as his wife, Queen Ankhesenamun. Queen Ankhesenamun is seen rubbing some sort of oil on King Tut’s shoulder. The oil Queen Ankhesenamun uses on King Tut isn’t really specified. As it could have been either scented oils, which was commonly used for associating with the gods. Or it could have been a medicated oil that was used to soothe King Tut’s wounds and aches from hunting/battling. Mentioned earlier, the symbol above the king and queen is represented as the god Aten. Aten is represented as a sun disk. While Queen Ankhesenamun is tending to King Tut, the hands on the rays of Aten is beaming down upon King Tut to signify the act of …show more content…
Tutankhamun 's Golden Throne required more materials than King Tut’s Painted Wooden Chest and it had a valuable component to it, gold. The painting on Tutankhamun 's Golden Throne displayed the affectionate side between King Tut and his wife, compared to the paintings on King Tut’s Painted Wooden Chest that displayed his violence towards animals and humans. King Tut’s Painted Wooden Chest was believed to be used as a place to store the king’s valuables so that later on the king would be able to have it with him in heaven. Tutankhamun 's Golden Throne was mainly used for the king to sit in during the time he was alive. Even though these artworks of King Tut aren’t in places that we normally expect to see them in, they still should be acknowledged. We as the viewers do not realize the soul that was poured into crafting these works of art. These artworks served as a purpose and it gave a lot of meaning to the artists’ lives. It was their way of expressing their beliefs/religion, but also a way to tell stories. Still to this day there are many undiscovered artworks from Ancient Egypt, but whatever opportunity we have to view these great works of art, is an opportunity we should not

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