Tuesday, November 6, 2007

King Tut's Face Revealed!

King Tutankhamun's face was finally revealed, 3,000 years after the Golden Boy was wrapped in linen and buried in his golden tomb. His fragile leathery black body is now out of the sarcophagus and placed in a glass climate controlled case to prevent it from turning to dust.

The youngest and most famous pharaoh took over the Egyptian throne when he was only 8 years old. He died when he was 19 years old. At death, he was 5 feet 6 and seemed to be healthy built. Though not the most powerful king of Egypt, he is certainly one of the most famous ones. His modern mystique, his almost completely intact burial ground in the Valley of Kings, and the trove of treasures he was buried with made him a household name. His mysterious death also causes many debates. According to a previous X-Ray scan of the body, his head revealed a dense spot at the lower back of the skull, that might indicate a murderous blow. But with a much advanced scanning with a CT scan conducted by Dr. Zahi Hawass, which obtains 3D images of King Tut, there were no indications of a dense spot. There was a hole in the skull but it was most likely done by embalmers. His left thigh was severely broken, which leads to the current theory that King Tut died of gangrene. The thigh was most likely broken due to a bad fall.

Now that King Tut has been restored and moved into a glass case, the tourist numbers are expected to double to 700 a day in Egypt. Over 225,000 tickets have been pre-sold for London's exhibition of King Tut. Then in 2008, Tut will make a trip to the U.S. at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Anyone want to take a trip to Dallas with me?


Ophelia Miller Boutique said...

Now Dallas sounds nice.
I've always wanted to visit Egypt since my childhood.
I don't do well with flying so I know I couldn't make the trip now. who knows, one day I may just conquer that fear!!!

VPZ said...

seeing this has absolutely fascinated me...unbelievable

b.inspired boutique said...

It is awesome that you include art history and current events in the art world on your blog!

Mikiye Creations said...

Oh My Gosh!
I am SOOOO going to see this when He comes to L.A.!

I've seen all the Egyptian Tours...SOOO COOL!!!!