Ka Statue of King Tutankhamun

This is one of two life-sized statues was one of an identical pair that once flanked the entrance to the burial chamber and acted as guardians for the tomb and as Ka, or spirit, statues. King Tutankhamun is wearing the khat headdress and in one hand the king is holding the hedge mace, as the traditional weapon of a victorious king; and in the other, a staff in the form of a papyrus plant, which symbolizes youth and freshness.

The king is shown here with black skin, the color of Nile mud that flooded and gave it fertility every year, black signified resurrection and the continuity of life.

Ka Statue of King Tutankhamun
Ka Statue of King Tutankhamun

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 60707

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