Tutankhamun Mirror case in the form of an ankh

The ankh mirror case of Tutankhamun is carved in gilded wood and the king’s name is inlaid on the lid with colored glass and semiprecious stones. The interior of the case is lined with silver. The mirror it once contained was not found.

Mirrors, made of polished gold, silver, copper, or bronze, were part of the cosmetic accessories of women and men. They were sometimes preserved in cases such as this elaborate one in the form of an Ankh, or life sign.

Tutankhamun Mirror case in the form of an ankh
Tutankhamun Mirror case in the form of an ankh

The ankh sign is perhaps the most well known and most represented hieroglyphic in Egyptian art. In the shape of a T surmounted by an oval ring, perhaps reminiscent of the lace with which the sandals were tied to the feet, it is a sign that means “life”, “living” or “alive”.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62349