Egypt breakthrough: An old ‘secret’ was revealed by a ‘overlooked feature’ of Tutankhamun’s mask.
An “missed feature” of Tutankhamun’s iconic mask was discovered to be masking a “long-standing secret,” according to EGYPT experts.
After Howard Carter’s dramatic discovery of his entire tomb in 1922, the 18th Dynasty king, lovingly known as King Tut, became the best-known name in ancient Egypt. Experts believe the “Boy King’s” father was Pharaoh Akhenaten, the mummy discovered across the road in the Valley of the Kings, who inherited the kingdom at the age of eight. Some speculate that Tutankhamun’s mother was Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s Great Royal Wife, given the two reigned during one of Egypt’s richest times.
During Odyssey’s “The Valley Of Kings: The Egyptian Golden Age,” Egyptologist Professor Joann Fletcher discussed how specialists are learning more about his most renowned treasure.
“Tutankhamun’s mask is the pinnacle of ancient Egypt, so familiar, yet, like so many of his artifacts, it conceals a long-held secret,” she explained.
“I’ve come to the Griffith Institute at Oxford University to look at the most detailed details of his interment.
“These are the original negatives shot by Howard Carter’s photographer at every stage of the 10-year excavation, captured on exquisite glass slides.
“They reveal Tutankhamun’s burial in a way that has never been seen before.
“The golden mask of Tutankhamun is the most famous item from ancient history.”
The remarkable object, which is now held at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, has the likeness of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the afterlife.
It stands 54cm tall, weighs more than 10kg, and is covered with semi-precious stones.
Prof. Fletcher, on the other hand, explained why things might not be as they appear.
“Recent study has zeroed in on one long-overlooked trait — and that is the clearly pierced ears,” she continued.
“It’s been suggested that this mask was constructed for someone else originally.
“According to research, Tutankhamen did not wear earrings once he was a youngster.
“By the time he died at the age of 20, he would not have had pierced ears.”
Prof Fletcher believes the mask was fashioned for a another famous emperor.
“This mask was not designed for an adult male pharaoh — when the gold was compared, [they discovered]the face is made of an entirely different gold than the remainder of the mask,” she explained.
“Soldering evidence may be seen clearly on the mask.
“It now appears that Tutankhamun is wearing his own face.” Brinkwire Summary News”.