In the Amarna style on back of the golden throne, the king receives intimate attention from his queen who annoints him. Both the Amarnan and Theban names of the couple appear on the throne. Aten-rays of the sun disk end in hands that reach down to the royal couple. All around the sides and back colorful inlays of semiprecious stones contrast with gold raised relief depicting symbols of royalty and power.
The king could confidently pad this ivory headrest and lie down knowing that his royal head was supported by Shu—god of air—who was holding up the heavens. Furthermore, the lions of the eastern and western horizons, which in the Book of the Dead proclaim to know yesterday and today, might reassure him of seeing the new day.
On the right, a delicately carved perfume vase incorporates both religious and broader symbolism with its anthropomorphic ankhs holding scepters with their hands. Above the ankhs the alabaster filagree symbols for unity and millions of years surround an inscribed Hathor head. Carter thought the armless king's figure on the vase's right must be a mannequin for fitting his clothes.
Neither the model boat nor the Senet game were toys, although the game may have doubled for recreational purposes as an earthly passtime. Both incorporate symbolism for the king's eternal life.
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Tutankhamen: Life and Death of the Boy-King, Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, ©1963, New York Graphic Society 1967