King Tutankhamun, the young boy Pharoah of ancient Egypt and one-time ruler of most of the civilized Western and Middle Eastern world, was finally revealed for all to see. The ancient mask and linens have been removed and now we can see what the young ruler of the ancient world looked like. While he served for only a very short time before meeting an untimely death, many feel he was murdered; this king has captured the world’s attention since first being discovered in the early 20th Century (1922) because his tomb had been left untouched by thieves and poachers for 3000 years.
[The face of the linen-wrapped mummy of King Tut is seen in his new glass case in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. The mummy of the 19-year-old pharaoh, whose life and death has captivated people for nearly a century, was placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and feet showing under the linen covering]
[Right-sided view of the boy king]
[Egypt’s antiquities chief Dr. Zahi Hawass, center, supervises the removal of the mummy of King Tut from his stone sarcophagus in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt]
[A facial-reconstruction model of King Tutankhamun made by a French team based on CT scans of the boy king’s mummy]
Images courtesy of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and the National Geographic Society.