King Tut's Death Mask - Back View with Inscription

King Tut's Death Mask - Back View with Inscription Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Social Studies STEM Visual Arts

King Tut's death mask has an inscription on its back and sides.  What does it mean?

Experts tell us that the inscription is a type of spell which was first used about five centuries before King Tut died.  We can learn more about that from Tour Egypt:

The inscription engraved on the shoulders and on the back of the mask is a spell that first appears on masks of the Middle Kingdom, some five hundred years before the time of Tutankhamun. It was later incorporated in the Book of the Dead (Chapter 151 B).

Intended for the protection of the mask, it identifies its various parts with the corresponding physical members of different gods, addressing them individually:

" ... Your right eye is the night bark [of the sun god], your left eye is the day bark, your eyebrows are [those of] the Ennead of the Gods, your forehead is [that of] Anubis, the nape of your neck is [that of] Horus, your locks of hair are [those of] Ptah-Soker. [You are] in front of the Osiris [Tutankhamun], he sees thanks to you, you guide him to the goodly ways, you smite for him the confederates of Seth so that he may overthrow your enemies before the Ennead of the Gods in the great Castle of the Prince, which is in Heliopolis...the Osiris, the king of Upper Egypt Nebkheperura, deceased, given life like Ra."

Media Credits

Image of Tut's death mask, online via Wikimedia Commons.


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