Tutankhamun’s Box Decorated with Tyet and Djed Signs

This rectangular box was found in the annex of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. It stands on four slim elegant legs and the panels are made of cedar wood.

At the bottom of the box is an alternating decoration of fretwork hieroglyphs. The Tyet sign, the symbol of the blood of Isis as well as the knot in the girdle of Isis, or “a magical amulet for protection,” and the Djed sign, which means stability, or “the backbone of the god Osiris,” stand on the “Neb” sign for gold.

Tutankhamun's Box Decorated with Tyet and Djed Signs
Tutankhamun’s Box Decorated with Tyet and Djed Signs

The inside of the box is divided into two sections and it possibly contained the king’s linen. Both the mushroom-shaped handles of the box and the lid are gilded wood and have been incised with the king’s cartouches.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61447

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