Explain What Tutankhamun’s Tomb and Its Contents Reveal About the Role of a New Kingdom Pharaoh
The tomb of King Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter. Many secrets were revealed about the life of Tutankhamun and his role as a New Kingdom pharaoh through the contents found in his tomb. As well as being the ruler of Egypt, Tutankhamun took on many other roles and responsibilities. The vast amount of treasures and wall paintings in his tomb, provide sufficient evidence as to what kinds of roles and responsibilities were expected of the young King.
Over three thousand items were placed in Tutankhamun’s tomb, some of which …show more content…
Another artifact uncovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb was a small statue of a sphinx, which provides supporting evidence of his role as a warrior pharaoh. As depicted in Source C, the sphinx has the body of a lion and the head of a man. On its head it wears the nemes headdress as well as another crown, which clearly shows it is a representation of the pharaoh. Lions had a special status in the life of ancient Egyptians and were highly respected and feared, just as the pharaoh would have been, both as a king and whilst defending Egypt in war. Tutankhamun’s portrayal as a lion also emphasises his power. The lion was considered to be the most powerful