Photographer's Note

This a shot of the famous mask of Tutankhamun that I took in the Museum of Cairo. I guess this was about the tenth picture I took with this camera. I believe, flash was forbidden and would have reflexed on the glass. What I like is the contrast between the colors and the black background. What I don't like about this picture is the black line at the left (I guess a corner of the glass box).

Tutankhamun became pharaoh at the age of nine years and was allegedly killed when he was about 18-20 years old, although some controversy has arisen regarding this subject (at an exposition of National Geographic I saw last year in Washington he was said not to have been murdered, at least not by an injary inflicted to his head, as had been thought so far). Anyway, this pharaoh wasn't that important in ancient Egyptian history; his importance comes from the fact that his tomb and the corresponding treasury were found practically untouched and complete (as opposed to most of the rest of the tombs that had been looted). His mummy still lies in the Valley of the Kings, but the treasury lies in several musea, among them the Museum of Cairo which shows this mask, his throne and the exterior sarcophagii.

I found the following in Wikipedia:

"The major contribution of the boy king could easily be his hastly-prepared tomb, resulting from his untimely death. The spectacular discovery, the sheer size of wealth uncovered, the beautiful artifacts that depicted the love and affection between the ill-fated young royal couple and the simple facts like the flowers placed on the golden mask of the mummy - about which Carter wrote that he would like to imagine them as placed by Ankhesenamun just before the closing of the casket-, the list can be endless. All these fueled the imagination and unprecedented attention of common public throughout the world."

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