With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power.
But in the flesh, Tutankhamun had buck teeth, a club foot and “girlish” hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh’s remains. And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tut relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC, researchers said.
A ‘virtual autopsy’, composed of more than 2,000 computer scans, was carried out in tandem with a genetic analysis of Tutankhamun’s family, which supports evidence that his parents were brother and sister. The scientists believe that this left him with physical impairments triggered by hormonal imbalances. And his family history could also have led to his premature death in his late teens.
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This awesomely historic photo shows the unbroken seal on the ancient Egyptian tomb of a young pharaoh named Tutankhamun, aka King Tut, exactly as it appeared when it was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and George Herbert, untouched for 3,245 years.
Behind those doors waited one of the best preserved Egyptian tombs that has ever been discovered, the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. The relics found within are among the most traveled artifacts in the world.
As Jon Manchip White writes, in his foreword to the 1977 edition of Carter’s The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, “The pharaoh who in life was one of the least esteemed of Egypt’s Pharoahs has become in death the most renowned.”
Thirteen bracelets were found on the forearms of the mummy of King Tutankhamun. Seven on the right arm, and six on the left. Several of the bracelets included scarabs separated by motifs such as uraei and ankhs some have a large amuletic udjat eye or another central element. The bracelets were made of gold, multi coloured glass, faïence, and semiprecious stones. (MMA Burton photo TAA1382)