Ankh

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose IV
1400–1390 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Thutmose IV (KV 43), Notes: Egypt (Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Thutmose IV)

Dimensions

Height x width: 23.5 x 12.8 cm (9 1/4 x 5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.1089

Medium or Technique

Bichrome faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Models

This blue faience ankh (the hieroglyphic sign for “life”) was found in the tomb of Thutmose IV in the Valley of the Kings (KV 43). A bright blue glazed surface is detailed with a deep violet manganese pigment. The arms of the ankh are detailed to resemble rope. The base carries a long-stemmed lotus flower, above which (at roughly the center of the piece) is the cartouche of the Thutmose IV.

Provenance

From Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Thutmose IV (KV 43). 1902: excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of the Kings; awarded to T. M. Davis in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; 1903: given to the MFA by Theodore M. Davis.
(Accession Date: May 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore M. Davis