Tutankhamun Triple Lamp with Lotus Shapes

This elegant triple lamp with lotus of King Tutankhamun is delicately carved, incised, and polished from one block of alabaster. The central cup is shaped like a lotus chalice, rising on a long stem, and is flanked by two smaller bud-like cups on sinuous stems, each with a leaf spreading out horizontally, as if they were floating on the surface of the water.

The cups would once have contained wicks floating on oil, traces of which was preserved inside. The lotus shapes were commonly used in Egyptian art and symbolized rebirth and regeneration.

Tutankhamun's Triple Lamp with Lotus Shapes
Tutankhamun’s Triple Lamp with Lotus Shapes

Many alabaster lamps found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. These lamps were made of alabaster, a translucent stone that was commonly used in ancient Egypt for various decorative and functional purposes.

The alabaster lamps found in Tutankhamun’s tomb were likely used for lighting and illuminating the burial chamber. They showcase the craftsmanship and artistic skills of the time and provide insights into the material culture of ancient Egypt.

Lotus motifs were commonly used in ancient Egyptian art and design, including in lamps. The lotus flower held symbolic significance in ancient Egyptian culture, representing rebirth, purity, and the sun. It was a popular motif used in various forms of artwork, including lamps.

Lotus-shaped lamps were crafted using different materials such as bronze, alabaster, or clay. These lamps often featured multiple petals forming the shade or the base of the lamp, resembling the shape of a lotus flower.

The use of lotus motifs in lamps served both functional and symbolic purposes, providing light while also incorporating the cultural and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62112