miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2007

Wallpaper of Tutankamun's throne

This image i found makes a lovely wallpaper if you like it. This is a detail of the throne of Tutankamun found by Howard Carter in 1922. It's amazing in detail. If you just imagine craftsmen making this thing in that time! The image displays Tutankhamun with his half-sister Ankhesenamun. It is believed they share the same father but have different mothers. Ankhesenamun was coupled to Tutankhamun as they were still children. A practice which was quite common in antiquity. A way to keep the power in the family. Two mummified fetuses were found in the tomb as well. These are believed to be their unborn children's remains.

The throne remains one of the most beautiful items recovered from that tomb and it can be found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

And it makes a nice new profile image for me as well!