King Tut; from King Tut's Tomb (replica).
EGYPTIAN XVIII DYNASTY Anonymous (aka Eighteenth Dynasty Anonymous; 18th Dynasty
14th c BCE Egyptian Egyptian New Kingdom 18th Dynasty Sculpture
(c.1570 BCE - 1293 BCE)
c. 1325 BCE
14th c BCE
Wood & Gold
Carved & Gilding
Egyptian New Kingdom 18th Dynasty
Hayward CA. CSU East Bay Art Gallery.
"King Tut is the most famous of all Egyptian kings. There is an irony to this, as he was one of the least powerful. His father had disrupted a great religious tradition with the radical idea of One God. The priests wanted their polytheistic tradition back. When Tut came to the throne as a young boy, the priests reasserted their tradition. Tut became famous because of what happened when his tomb was discovered in 1922. Almost all Egyptian tombs were looted of all their treasures long ago, but this one was almost exactly as it was thousands of years ago. For some reason, the looting had been minimal. Here were thousands of objects, many of staggering beauty. For scholars what was most fascinating is that the iconography of the tomb was of the Old School, and here was more in one place than in all other tombs combined. The most famous objects in the tomb were his sarcophagus and the great gold funeary mask.
Also of particular interest was what the boy-king was wearing on his head under all that gold. It is a skullcap of a very special design, a design which is the mythic Double-Serpent that we have seen again and again as symbolic of the life force that animates the universe. The implication is that this cosmic energy will propel Tut into the afterlife. Notice the female breasts on this figure. This kind of androgynous symbolism was well understood in Egypt, and is still part of sacred symbolism in tribal Africa and many other cultures. Androgyne images, which are so visible in the period of Akhenaton and King Tut, seem to have the same meaning they have had in all spiritual traditions since the Stone Age and continue to have in the esoteric traditions of World Religions today. This image traditionally symbolizes the goal of the Mystic Quest, the Enlightened level of consciousness which transcends all dualities."
EGYPTIAN XVIII DYNASTY | King Tut; from King Tut's Tomb (replica). | c. 1325 BCE | Egyptian | Egyptian New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty c. 1325 BCE | Institute for Aesthetic Development. Brentwood CA. Text copyright-Lanier Graham | glob7-140"