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Wishing Cup from Tutankhamen's tomb

The Wishing Cup from Ancient Egypt


Have you ever heard of the wishing cup that was found in Tutankhamen's tomb? 

The cup is really a perfect representation of what the object stands for, and it might prove to come from another place...
The Wishing cup from Tutankhamens tomb.


          • The Chalices description.          

          • Translation of the ancient text upon the cup.        
          • Did the wishing cup belong to Tutankhamen?

These are the 3 questions that this short article post will analyze.

The Cup's Description,


The artistic hands that formed this chalice  was truly a great artist of their time (?).
Carter chose to call it the Wishing cup, because the chalice bears the inscription of a wish or a prayer.

The Wishing cup can be found in the Cairo museum in room 20, which is the room where you find the things found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. It is carved alabaster and has a height of 18.3 CM. It is beautifully carved with hieroglyphs that are painted with blue color.

Translation of the ancient text on the chalice.


I find the translation very interesting, and it makes me more sure, that there is probably more to this relic and where it might come from...

Translation of the Rim:


"Live, thy Ka, and mayst thou spend millions of years, thou lover or Thebes, sitting with thy face to the north wind, and thy eyes beholding felicity."
Translation by carter          
The person that found the Tomb of Tutankhamen          


"May your Ka live for ever, may you, who love Thebes, spend millions of years with your face to the north wind, and may your eyes see joy."
Translation found in          
The illustrated guide to the Egyptian museum in Cairo.          

Translation of the front part of the Wishing cup


What I found here seems more complex than I can explain in a blog post, but I will give you some hints. First off as I have said before, all hieroglyphic can be translated much further than what is normally done or shared.

One version
"Amun-Ra, Lord of the world, Lord of the thrones of the two lands, the two horizons of east and west, Lord of heaven beloved king of upper and lower 
Egypt Nedukheper-Ra, give life, to the son of Ra Amun-tut-ankh, everlasting"

Translation by me.          

Interpretation of the Wishing cup


Every aspect of this chalice is filled with a sense of timelessness. From the chalices elegant Lotus shape to the cups handles themselves, it is a true masterpiece.

The handles are made up by different numeral symbols as well as centering on a timeless mythology from ancient Egypt.

The sitting man is central, and his name is Heh and he stands for 1,000,000. Not only should he be seen as a number, but he is also essential to the cosmos mythology, being one of the eight pillars that hold up the heaven. You should not see this as a person, or a personification of such, because it is more like an idea/ a concept which belongs to the concepts of time, which is not a factual calculation which we tend to judge it today.

You are right, this is pretty complex and cannot be fully explained in a blog or on a website, but I can allude to it ;)

Did the wishing cup belong to Tutankhamen?

It is well known that a lot of the things that were found in Tutankhamen's tomb, did not belong to him. It is also widely known that the tomb was robbed in ancient times.

With this is mind, we find some very unusually and beautifully made alabaster things, which have always made me wonder.. When I first heard that, way back, my first thought was: If the tomb had been robbed, then why is there still a lot of gold which could easily have been carried out.
The answer to this is pretty simple, they filled up the tomb with other peoples belongings. This also explains another question which bugged me back in the days.

Seti I one of the greatest kings (pharaohs) of his time, and after. His body is on display in the Cairo museum, and his alabaster sarcophagi (coffin) is found in England (I really have a dilemma with the fact that an eternal resting place have been messed up so much), the question that I have always asked; where is Seti I belongings. I suspect much of his belongings were made in alabaster if possible, because of his sarcophagi (coffin).

Tutankhamen seems to have followed his father and stepmothers use of material, which was mostly gold, the direct connection to Atum and the Sun.

I have the personal opinion that this beautiful relic the wishing cup, most probably belonged to the Pharaoh (king) Seti I.

And I see it as a ceremonial chalice that was used in the temple of Abydos. In my mind the cup looks almost perfectly made for the Blue Lotus drink, those colors would have bounced off each other.



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