Death Mask of Tutankhamen Image
Death Mask of Tutankhamen from innermost coffin; Sculpture (gold with inlaid semi-precious stones). Egypt, 18th Dynasty. Site: Thebes, Tomb of Tutankhamen. Period Date: 1570-1314 BCE. Object Date: c. 1325 BCE. The death mask really is magnificent even to someone with no knowledge of the finer points of Egyptian antiquities. Made of solid gold and inlaid with semi-precious stones, it weighs 11 kilograms.
At the top you can see representations of a vulture and a cobra. You'll often see the latter referred to as a "uraeus", which is the Latinised form of the Greek word for "cobra"!
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