table of contents MOR 'Wonderful Things' exhibit Anubis and Canopic shrines Tut's golden state chariot Horse images in the exhibit Some of the treasures in the exhibit These are a few of my favorite things Personal perspective about the exhibit

Museum of the Rockies "Wonderful Things" Egyptian Exhibit

Tutankhamun's Egyptian Horses

46. Tut's golden ostrich fan photographed in the Cairo MusuemTo help envision the fancy horses pulling the state chariot, two items in the exhibit depict the king hunting or fighting in battles propelled by leaping pairs of horses.

Tutankhamun's Golden Fan

The golden fan base [4" X 7-¼"] depicts young King Tutankhamun hunting ostriches in his chariot. The ostrich plumes which used to fan and shield the king from the sun have disintegrated. They radiated from holes in the semicular base. Since I could not hold my simple digital camera still enough for closeups with wide open settings in the dim light [no flash allowed], this is a snap of the original gold fan in Cairo.

The horses on the golden ostrich fan leap in the stylized ancient Egyptian depiction of a gallop as the king draws his bow to shoot ostriches. A figure of an ankh with arms raises an ostrich feathered fan behind the king.

On the other side of the fan, the triumphant pharaoh drives his pair of strutting horses behind two men on foot who carry the spoils of the hunt. The horses themselves brandish upright ostrich feathers mounted on golden discs above their heads.

Tutankhamun's Painted Chest

*55. Part of the top and side panels of a reproduction of Tutankhamun's painted chest - Cairo Chariot horses cover Tut's painted chest. Presumably these horse images and hieroglyphs would magically enable the teams to accompany Tut into his afterlife. Carter described the chest's friezes as miniature Persian paintings. Follow this link for photos all around the actual chest.

Each scene on the chest tells an intricate story, replete with ancient Egyptian religious and imperial symbolism. A pair of Nubians on foot follows the king in these scenes raising the royal fans behind him. Scenes on the long sides and top detail the kings' troops or courtiers following him in their chariots, also pulled by leaping/galloping horses. On the lid the king hunts wild animals of the desert, while on the sides he vanquishes the traditional foes of Egypt. The chariot in these scenes looks more like the other fancy chariot in Tut's tomb, decorated with curved concentric rows of inlays.

Special treasures


The Complete Tutankhamun: The King, the Tomb, the Royal Treasure (King Tut), C. N. Reeves, 1995 Thames & Hudson, NY

Treasures of Tutankhamun, Joan K. Holt & Katherine Stoddert Gilbert, (eds), I.E.S. Edwards, 1976 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tutankhamun, T.G.H. James, 2001 White Star, Metro Books

Tutankhamen: Life and Death of the Boy-King, Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, ©1963, New York Graphic Society 1967

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