There is perhaps no work of art fashioned from gold more famous or beloved than the burial mask of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, an iconic image known the world over. However, as Dr. Nicholas Reeves, one of the world’s most accomplished Egyptologists, explains in an exclusive article for The Octavian Report, the mask may not have originally been intended for the boy king at all, but rather for his stepmother, the great beauty Nefertiti — whose tomb lies still undiscovered.
The tomb of Tutankhamun was the greatest archaeological discovery the world had ever seen, and it changed the face of Egyptology for good. Dripping with gold, it has still to be bettered. “Strange animals, statues and gold — everywhere the glint …
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Nicholas Reeves is the author of The Complete Tutankhamun, as well as Senior Egyptologist for the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.