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)


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bichrome faience

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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