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Cane of Tutankhamun with Two Enemies

Most of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and nobles were represented holding a cane or a staff as it was a sign of nobility as well as helping him to kneel upon it during the old age.  In the tomb of Tutankhamen we found around 130 complete and fragmentary examples of sticks and canes from the Antechamber, the annex and the burial chamber.




This led Carter to believe that Tutankhamen was an amateur collector of walking sticks or canes.This cane is one of a group that depicts the enemies of King Tutankhamun. The king used these canes in ceremonies during his lifetime. Two of the king's enemies are represented on this cane.


Cane of Tutankhamun with Two Enemies


Cane of Tutankhamun with Two Enemies



The first one is a hairy Asian who is wearing clothing that is decorated with ribbons and with circular and floral designs. His hands, face, and feet are made of ivory to imitate his white skin. The second enemy is an African whose face and limbs are made of ebony that simulates his dark skin. He wears a pleated garment with multicolored streamers.

When the king grasped this cane, the enemies were turned upside down so that they could not harm the king. At the other end of the cane, a papyrus bears the king's cartouche.


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