Head of Tutankhamun


Nicole Lesar
published on 25 June 2021
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The Head of Tutankhamun was once part of a larger statue depicting Tutankhamun (r. c.1336-c.1327 BCE) and the god Amun. This limestone statue was fashioned during Tutankhamun’s reign (Egypt’s 18th Dynasty). This statue is significant because it shows that Tutankhamun restored Egypt’s old religion. Tutankhamun’s father, Akhenaten abolished Egypt’s polytheistic religion in favor of the monotheistic worship of the Aten. This change caused an uproar in Egypt and the massive religious and social fallout was felt throughout the remainder of the 18th Dynasty.

The hand that can be seen on the back of Tutankhamun’s head is the hand of the god Amun. Since Amun (the King of the Gods) is touching Tutankhamun’s crown, it can be interpreted that Amun approved of Tutankhamun’s reign. Tutankhamun is wearing the blue khepresh crown which is associated with coronation, the right to rule, and victory. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Nicole Lesar
Nicole is an Earth/Environmental Scientist, who is currently teaching science to middle and high school students. She has a passion for ancient history, particularly ancient Egypt, due to the teachings of her Nonno (grandfather).

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