Egyptian King Tut Royal Funerary Mask Box - 5602 -
Egyptian Museum Cairo. Dynasty XVII, 1347-1237 B.C. Egyptian. Store your precious treasures in this delightful Royal treasure box. Tut's Royal Death Mask is adapted from the original found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun (c. 1327 BCE) which was later moved to the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. The Egyptian boy pharaoh King Tutankhamun ruled Egypt for a very short time (New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1336/5-1327 BC) but his legacy lives on. This stunning death mask is probably the most famous and recognizable work of art from the boy-king Tutankhamen's tomb. This marvelous mask of excellent workmanship protected the head of the mummy of Tutankhamun. Further protection was assured by a magic formula engraving on the shoulders and the back of the mask. The usual Nemes headdress knotted back at the nape of the neck, is a striped blue-greeen imitating lapis lazuli. The Uraeus and vulture head in gold inlaid with semiprecious stones and colored glass, ornaments the brow. The mask's eyes are made of obsidian and quartz with a touch of red at the corners: the cosmetic lines and the lids are of inlaid blue grass. The divine beard, plaited and turned up at the end, is of cloisonne work (colored glass held in a framework of gold.) 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. This mask presents us with a beautiful albeit idealized portrait of the young King. Made from resin in gold and multicolor details, this Egyptian King Tut Mask Treasure Box measures 5.5"H x 5.25"W x 4.25"D.
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