Funerary Equipment

Containers of various materials such as wood, basketry, pottery, faience and stone were used to hold different types of food offerings, perfumed oils and unguents. Pottery vessels of various forms, or fragments thereof, are the most prevalent [14999, 15000]. In addition to holding liquids such as beer, wine, and oils, certain types held meat [18344]. More prestigious were stone vessels, usually of calcite, mainly for oils and unguents [12366]. Glass and faience containers are also known [12365], again likely for holding oils, although some of the faience vessels were models or substitutes rather than actual containers. Baskets of foods such as fruit and bread have also been found.     14999 15000 18344 12366 12365
Linen sheets and actual garments were placed in the tomb. Other items of apparel that might be found were sandals of leather and papyrus, gloves, staffs, wigs, head coverings, and even underwear.    
Equipment for both hunting and warfare was placed in the tomb as protective devices against hostile forces in the netherworld. Such weapons included bows and arrows, shields, spears, knives, axes, clubs, throw sticks, and chariots.    
Jewelry and Amulets
Because of the intrinsic value of jewelry, it was one of the prime targets of tomb robberies and therefore is one of the least preserved groups of burial goods [11709, 12360, 12361]. From the example of Tutankhamen's mummy, as well as traces visible on other royal mummies, as determined through x-rays, many items of jewelry and amulets were included in the wrappings that covered the body. Other jewelry was buried outside the coffin in boxes and storage chests, according to the example of KV 62.     11709 12360 12361

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