Tutankhamun as a Child



Tutankhamun as a Child




1333-1324 BC


New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Reign of Tutankhamun


Frit (Egyptian blue)
7/8 x 1/2 x 1/2 in. (2.2 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm)

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This remarkable and tiny sculpture represents the boy king Tutankhamun as a child. He wears a pharaoh's blue crown and holds a finger to his mouth, an Egyptian motif indicating his youth. A famous example in solid gold was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun showing him with a blue crown and also sucking his finger. The representation may well be a hold-over from the Amarna Period when images of the royal offspring took the place of other divine images to symbolize rebirth. Egyptian blue is a glass frit, lying between faience and true glass in composition and structure. It was occasionally used for small sculptures, but was most frequently ground up and used as a blue pigment.

Credit Line

Gift of Mohamed Farid Khamis and Oriental Weavers


From Pharaohs to Emperors: New Egyptian and Classical Antiquities at Emory, Michael C. Carlos Museum, January 14 - April 2, 2006|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, 2006 - Present
Peter Lacovara and Jasper Gaunt, "From Pharaohs to Emperors: Egyptian, Near Eastern & Classical Antiquities at Emory," Minerva 17 (January/February 2006): 9-16.|
Emory Report 62 (September 21, 2009).


© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2005.
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“Tutankhamun as a Child,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed March 18, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/8485.

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