The golden mask is the most fascinating of the thousands of artifacts that have been uncovered from King Tut’s ultimate resting place. Its black eyes are stunning and beautiful, staring into our contemporary world like a wandering stranger from the past.
Archaeologist Howard Carter initially discovered Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s mask when he uncovered the Egyptian pharaoh’s coffin in 1925, and some people think the ancient tomb unleashed a curse.
British archaeologists discovered the mummified mask of the young king with its eyes wide open when they uncovered the golden coffin of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (also known as King Tut) in 1925.
The King Tut mask has since enchanted people all over the world. The gold mask, which has a confident stance, serene eyes, and shining skin, provides a rare window into life in ancient Egypt. It radiates the customs, values, and creative prowess of a gloriously vanished culture.
Who then is the young king who was cast in gold? How was his tomb discovered by archaeologists? Why do some individuals believe this mask is intended for someone else?
By 1922, Howard Carter’s investors were growing impatient. The British archaeologist scoured the Valley of the Kings in Egypt for eight years but did not find anything significant.
Journey to discover King Tut .’s MaskStill hoping to find the tomb of the teenage Egyptian king, Tutankhamun, Carter pressed Earl Carnarvon for an extra year of financial support. Carnarvon reluctantly agreed, for a period of just one year.
As time passed like sand through his fingers, Carter began a new search, with a new intensity. In November 1922, that attempt was successful when he found a hidden set of stairs. Carter quickly pulled the wire to Carnavon and the two prepared to break into King Tut’s underground tomb.
With Carter leading the way, the two men stepped over the threshold and into an oppressive, dark atmosphere. Howard Carter later wrote: “There, before we lifted the sealed door, and when it was. opened, we erased centuries of separation and stood in the presence of a king who reigned 3,000 years ago.”
“At first I couldn’t see anything, the hot air escaping from the room made the candle flicker,” Carter recalled, “but now, as my eyes adjusted to the light, the details of the room inside. slowly emerging from behind the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere there was a glint of gold.”
From behind, Carnarvon asked up if Carter had seen anything. The archaeologist almost burst into tears and replied, “Yes, wonderful things!”.
However, out of all the “wonderful things” they found, one definitely stood out – a golden coffin. Three years later, after fully documenting thousands of objects in the grave, Carter opened the coffin for the first time in more than 3,000 years.
Carter wrote in his diary after he opened the coffin and discovered King Tut’s mask: “The scene has finally revealed. A skillfully wrapped mummy of a young king, with a golden mask of a sad yet calm expression… The mask has the character of God, but like Tutankhamun – calm and beautiful, with features as we see on his statues and coffins.”
Later research revealed that the King Tut Mask was made of two types of gold, with eyes of obsidian and quartz; The eyebrows and eyelids are decorated with lapis lazuli. The headdress features a cobra and a vulture, symbolizing the young king’s control over Upper and Lower Egypt.
But Carter’s discovery was not the end of Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s journey. Nor is it the beginning.
King Tut’s mask in 1925, shortly after Carter opened the coffin of the Egyptian Pharaoh. Photo: Howard Carter Archives