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Seal Impression Attatched to a Fiber Tie from Tutankhamun's Embalming Cache

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Tutankhamun
ca. 1336–1327 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Embalming Cache of Tutankhamun (KV 54), Davis/Ayrton excavations, 1907–08
Mud, fiber
Seal and tie: L. 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.) Seal: L. 2.5 cm (1 in.); W. 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
This mud sealing is still attached to a piece of the papyrus tie that was used to secure a container. The impression preserves the throne name of Tutankhamun, Nebkheperure, and the epithets "beloved of Khnum" and "manifold of praises."

For a similar impression, see 09.184.263.
Excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of the Kings (KV 54), 1907. Received by Davis in the division of finds. Given by Davis to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909.

Winlock, Herbert E. 2010. "Materials Used at the Embalming of King Tutankhamun." In Tutankhamun's Funeral, edited by Herbert E. Winlock and Dorothea Arnold. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 28–29, figs. 19a–b.

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