A collection of unusual history trivia and facts, focusing on early history.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Secrets of The Pharaoh's Tomb
Tutankhamun’s famous death mask wasn’t really his. It was probably reworked adding a different face to someone else's golden death mask after the boy king died unexpectedly. The evidence of a repurposed death mask is that the gold of the surrounding headpiece is better quality than that of the face section. The entire mask is made up of eight pieces riveted together. The blue stripes in the head piece are glass, in the face (such as the eyebrows) the blue is lapis lazuli. Tiny holes for earrings were covered up with gold leaf. Earrings were used in female death masks. It is speculated that the death mask and many other items in the tomb may have been originally a part of Nefertiti’s funerary objects. Nefertiti’s tomb has never been found. Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovery by Howard Carter, his team, and his patron, the Earl of Caernarvon, on Sunday November 26, 1922.