Guardian Statue of Tutankhamun

This statue is one of a pair placed on either side of the entrance into Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, as if to guard the king’s mummy. Tutankhamun is shown wearing the nemes headdress, holding a mace in his right hand and a staff in his left. The king’s skin has been painted black to link him with Osiris, god of fertility and resurrection. These statues represented the king’s ka, the vital life force of an individual that survived in the afterlife.


New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Original: Wood painted with resin and gilded, bronze
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Miniature model: 45 x 30 x 20 cm
Price: Polyblend 175 LE