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Box for Unguents of King Tutankhamun

This double-sided ointment container of gold-plated wood is inlaid with colored glass paste. Each side is composed of two inward-facing cartouches containing the figure of the king squatting on the Heb, or festival, sign.

Box for Unguents of King Tutankhamun

The four images of the king differ slightly and have been interpreted as showing him in different stages of his life. The lid is adorned with the sun disk and double plumes; the base is plated with silver and decorated with a frieze of Ankh, or life, signs.


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