Treasures of Ancient Egypt Day 18: Tutankhamun the Harpooner

As we saw when we looked at the paintings of Nebamun, the craftspeople who created the artwork in tombs were more interested in portraying an ideal picture of life than a realistic one.

That said, I believe that some people are too quick to exaggerate how weak and sickly the boy king Tutankhamun was, and how much that would have limited what he was able to do. Sure, he had a club foot, but that is no reason why he would not have been able to stand up in a skiff and chuck a harpoon at a fish, or to zoom around in his Ferrari in hot pursuit of ostriches.

This gilded statue of Tutankhamun the harpooner was just one of the tomb treasures that came to London in 2019 for the ‘Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. See if you can spot it on the virtual walkthrough below.

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Stephen Davies

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