Cartouche Illustration

Ancient Egypt for Kids


A cartouche is a name plate. It's usually oval with your name written in the middle of it. A cartouche is attached to your coffin.

The ancient Egyptians wanted to make sure that their two souls - the Ba and the Ka - could find their way back to their tomb at night, after they died. No one wanted their Ba or Ka to get lost.

A cartouche made it very easy for a Ba and Ka to find their way home.

What is a cartouche?

Virtual Cartouche Maker

Ba and Ka

Interactive Quiz about Ancient Egypt (with answers)