Khopesh Sword of Tutankhamun

The sword of King Tutankhamun is a single piece of bronze divided into three parts. The first part is the hilt, which is black. The second and third parts form the blade. The second part is straight, on the same level as the handle, and is engraved with the figure of a lotus flower with a long stem. The third part is bent to form a curve, and is engraved with a long stripe.

Khopesh Sword of Tutankhamun
Khopesh Sword of Tutankhamun

The shape of this sword is the same as the sword held by the figure of the king, depicted on the perforated and gilded wood votive shield that was found in the tomb, and is considered to be ceremonial in purpose. The Khopesh sword is an Egyptian sickle-sword that evolved from battle axes.

Kopesh from the tomb of Tutankhamun
Kopesh from the tomb of Tutankhamun

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61588

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