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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...

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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

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


Thebes, Egypt


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

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Medium or Technique

Bichrome faience


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Models