DOORWAY TO THE PAST


Ancient Egyptian tombs were the gateway to the afterlife. An ancient Egyptian would take everything that he or she owned that was needed in the next life. Nothing too big, nothing too small.

Clothes, sandals, food, animals, wine and ushabti’s (funerary figurines) are among the most common things found in Egyptian tombs.

But what if you were a pharaoh? What can you expect to find in a tomb of an ancient king or queen?

The answer is everything! Everything and anything you can think of was included in a royal tomb. Here is a list of things that were found in a Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Couches, chairs, 2 thrones, ritual beds and headrests, anthropoid (man-shaped) gilded coffins and the solid gold coffin, shrines -canopic shrine and burial shrines, funeral equipment, naos covered with gold lamina- a shrine in which statues were kept - this naos was empty but decorated with scenes of daily life and hunting, gilded statues - Anubis and life-size sentry statues and other statuettes, chests, daggers and other weapons and shields, musical instruments, scribal equipment, lamps, ornaments, caskets, vases and jars, 139 ebony, ivory, silver, and gold walking sticks, clothing made of the finest linen - 50 garments including tunics, kilts, gloves, scarves and headdresses, Ostrich fans and golden fans, games - ebony gaming boards including Senet, food, 30 jars of wine and a large selection of perfume, oils and ointments,

That’s a lot of stuff!