The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt - Gold Mask


The Gold Mask of Tutankhamon

Identity: Tutankhamon, King
Material: Obsidian, Gold, Turquoise, Glass,
Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli
Period: New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Reign: Tutankhamon

Height: 54 cm
Width: 39.3 cm
Weight: 11 kg

This marvelous, life size mask, of excellent workmanship, protected the head of Tutankhamon's mummy. His shoulders and the back of his mask are inscribed with a magic formula that ensures protection. The golden nemes headdress is striped in blue and green while the uraeus and vulture head, in gold inlaid with semi-precious stones and colored glass, ornament the brow.

The mask's eyes are made of obsidian and quartz with a touch of red at the corners. The divine beard, is made of cloisonn work. The ears are pierced for the wearing of earrings. The wide necklace collar is formed of rows of lapis lazuli, quartz, amazonite and colored glass beads attached at each shoulder to a gold falcon's head ornamented with obsidian.

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