Head of a Funerary Couch in the form of Ammit

Three ritual funerary couches were found in the antechamber of Tutankhamun. They are made of stuccoed gilded wood in the form of sacred animals whose eyes are inlaid with colored glass paste. These beds may have been intended to bear the deceased king during his journey to his eternal destination in the afterlife.

One bed has the head of Mehet-Weret, the celestial cow; the second, the head of a lioness, Mehit and the third, shown here, is a composite animal with a hippopotamus’s head wearing a wig, a leopard’s body, and a crocodile’s tail and crest.

Head of a Funerary Couch in the form of Ammit
Head of a Funerary Couch in the form of Ammit

This strange combination represents the dreadful Ammit, the monster who waits during the final judgment in the court of Osiris and who devours the unjust deceased.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62012

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