Amazing 7 things(probably) you didn’t know about Tutankhamun
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6: Tutankhamun loved to hunt ostriches
Tutankhamun’s ostrich-feather fan was discovered lying in his tomb, close by the king’s body.
Originally the fan consisted of a long golden handle topped by a semi-circular ‘palm’ that supported 42 alternating brown and white feathers.
These feathers crumbled away long ago, but their story is preserved in writing on the fan handle.
This tells us that that the feathers were taken from ostriches captured by the king himself while hunting in the desert to the east of Heliopolis (near modern-day Cairo).
The embossed scene on the palm shows, on one face,
Tutankhamun setting off in his chariot to hunt ostrich, and on the reverse, the king returning in triumph with his prey.
Ostriches were important birds in ancient Egypt,
and their feathers and eggs were prized as luxury items.
Hunting ostriches was a royal sport that allowed the king to demonstrate his control over nature , It was a substitute for battle.
7: One of Tutankhamun’s favourite possessions was an iron dagger
Howard Carter discovered two daggers carefully wrapped inside Tutankhamun’s mummy bandages.
One dagger had a gold blade, while the other had a blade made of iron.
Each dagger had a gold sheath.
Of the two, the iron dagger was by far the more valuable because,
during Tutankhamun’s lifetime (he reigned from c1336–27 BC), iron, or “iron from the sky” as it was known,
was a rare and precious metal.
As its name suggests, Egypt’s “iron from the sky” was almost entirely obtained from meteorites.
royal diplomatic archives tell us that, several years before Tutankhamun’s birth,
king Tushratta of Mitanni sent a metal dagger to Egypt as a gift to his new son-in-law, Amenhotep III.
Given the rarity of good quality iron artefacts at this time, it is possible that Amenhotep’s dagger was inherited by his grandson, Tutankhamun, and eventually buried with him.
Given its prominent location within the mummy bandages,
it may even be that Tushratta’s dagger was used in Tutankhamun’s mummification ritual.