Head of Tutankhamun as Nefertem

This model depicts Tutankhamun emerging from a lotus flower in the guise of Nefertem, a form of the sun god at dawn. The lotus flower, symbolic of death and rebirth, closes its petals at nigh and reopens again in the morning. This figure thus symbolized Tutankhamun’s rebirth in the afterlife. The king’s features, including as his elongated head, are influenced by the Amarna art style but also reflect reality. This sculpture was discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV 62) in the Valley of the Kings.


New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Original: Painted wood
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Price: Polyblend 100 LE
Miniature model: 16 x 10 cm
Price: Stucco 50 LE