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Title: Tutankhamun's So-called Stole
Author(s): HELLINCKX, B.R.
Journal: Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica
Volume: 27 Date: 1997
During the fifth season of excavation in the tomb of Tutankhamun (1926-1927), a remarkable ornament was found in a cartouche-shaped casket in the Treasury. As this ornament fits none of the main categories of Egyptian jewellery, the excavators were somewhat puzzled about its exact nature.
A photograph of this object appeared in The Illustrated London News of 16th July 1927. In an interview with this newspaper, Carter stated: “From the shape of the ornament, it would appear to have been worn in the same way as a scarf, and thus it seems to be an early form of the liturgical vestment known as a stole”. Observing a certain formal resemblance between the pharaonic ornament and the ecclesiastical vestment, Carter assumed that the former was worn in the same way as the latter. In the third volume of his Tutankhamun-account, published in 1933, he again likened the ornament to the modern stole.