An unusual and appealing small head that is a masterpiece; it was found by Howard Carter at the entrance to King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The head is that of the boy pharaoh with very beautiful features, modeled in the Amarna style and emerging from an open lotus flower. The base is painted blue to represent the water in which the flower grows.
It is a powerful symbol because the lotus flower closes its petals at dusk and opens them again at dawn, facing east to greet the rising sun. Thus, the emerging lotus is the symbol of the sun, which is regenerated each morning after its nightly journey to the regions of the underworld. This beautiful sculpture was placed in the tomb to wish the sovereign eternal life.
Found at the entrance of his tomb (KV62). Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 60723