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Colossal Statue of King Tutankhamun

Colossal Statue of King Tutankhamun

Oriental Institute archaeologists working at Thebes excavated this statue of King Tutankhamun. The king wears the double crown and the royal nemes head cloth; a protective cobra goddess (uraeus serpent) rears above his forehead. In his hands the king grasps scroll-like objects thought to be containers for the documents by which the gods affirmed the monarch's right to divine rule. The dagger at his waist has a falcon's head, symbol of the god Horus, who was believed to be manifested by the living pharaoh. The small feet at the king's left side were part of a statue of his wife, Ankhesenpaamun, whose figure was more nearly life-sized.

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