Pendant of Amenhotep III

In this solid gold pendant King Amenhotep III is portrayed in a squatting position, wearing the Blue Khepresh Crown and carrying the crook and the flail. He wears a real gold necklace with glass beads. The statuette was suspended by a looped gold chain to be used as a pendant.

As he was the grandfather of King Tutankhamun, this golden statuette of Amenhotep III was found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Pendant of King Amenhotep III
Pendant of King Amenhotep III

Tutankhamun never met his grandparents. King Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye, the parents of the ‘renegade’ king Akhenaten, died around five years before young Tutankhamun was born. When he was interred in his pokey little tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun was accompanied by a solid gold pendant of a squatting king, strung on a heavy, woven gold chain.

The figure wears the khepresh, or Blue Crown and holds a scepter and flail, the insignia of an Egyptian king . The king’s feet are bare and around his neck is a string of tiny colored beads.¬†Amazingly all of this detail was packed into a tiny statuette just over 5.5 centimeters high. Howard Carter felt the figure represented Amenhotep III, and classified it as an heirloom from his famous grandfather.

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1332-1323 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 60702