Egyptologists are enraged after a hitherto unknown aspect of Tutankhamun’s mask was discovered.
After a British expert found a “missed detail” of Tutankhamun’s funerary mask, EGYPT experts have been enraged.
During Odyssey’s program “The Valley Of Kings: The Egyptian Golden Age,” Egyptologist Professor Joann Fletcher revealed a remarkable finding. She said that Tutankhamun’s iconic mask was made for another legendary king, and that it may have even belonged to Queen Nefertiti. Prof Fletcher added that current research has identified “one long-overlooked characteristic” after studying historic images taken after Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s undamaged tomb in 1922.
“Recent research has zeroed in on one long-overlooked trait — the distinctly pierced ears,” she said.
“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 went on to suggest that the mask was “not designed for an adult male pharaoh,” and that Tutankhamun’s face was “grafted on” to Nefertiti’s mask.
However, she appears to have touched a nerve with some Egyptian specialists who disagree.
“Fletcher’s theory concerning ear piercing is false because all the rulers of the 18th Dynasty wore earrings during their period of rule,” former Minister of Antiquities Dr Zahi Hawass told Al-Monitor.
“A German archaeologist confirmed that the mask does not have the name of Queen Nefertiti when he studied it when the mask’s chin area was being rebuilt after it was damaged in October 2015.”
Meanwhile, Hussein Abdel Baseer, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Antiquities Museum, agreed that “there has always been disagreement concerning King Tut’s mask.”
“It is true that some of the goods discovered in King Tut’s tomb did not belong to him, but rather to other rulers of the Amarna Period,” he continued. However, he was the rightful owner of the mask.
“When it came to ear piercings, monarchs did it naturally and on a regular basis. In the case of King Tut, earring were not exclusive to women — or children.
“It’s also worth noting that some of ancient Egypt’s rulers seized the treasures of kings who came before them and claimed them for themselves.
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