Tutankhamun’s Golden Funerary Mask

Tutankhamun's golden funerary mask

Tutankhamun’s golden funerary mask is an iconic artifact from ancient Egypt, dating back to the 18th dynasty during the New Kingdom period, approximately 1323 BC. The mask was discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (also known as Tutankhamen), located in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor.

The mask is made of solid gold and weighs approximately 24 pounds (11 kg). It measures over 21 inches (54 cm) tall and is adorned with precious stones, including lapis lazuli and turquoise, as well as colored glass and other decorative elements. The face of the mask features delicate features and inlaid eyes made of obsidian and quartz, which give the impression of lifelike eyes.

The purpose of the mask was to cover the head and shoulders of the mummified body of Tutankhamun and to provide him with protection and guidance in the afterlife. The mask is also believed to represent the image of the pharaoh, as it is modeled after his likeness and features his royal regalia.

Tutankhamun’s golden funerary mask is regarded as one of the most significant and valuable artifacts from ancient Egypt. Its beauty and craftsmanship have made it a symbol of the wealth and power of the pharaohs and their society.

Today, the mask is displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where it remains a popular attraction and a testament to the art and culture of ancient Egypt.