GOLDEN JEWEL


The death mask of Psusennes I is possibly one of the most exquisite solid gold pieces of art that have ever been discovered.

Unearthed in 1940 by Pierre Montet, the mask was virtually intact and is said to be one of the masterpieces of Ancient Egypt.

The mask is made out of solid gold and Lapis Lazuli. The eyes are made out of black and white glass. Unfortunately due to the location of the tomb (Tanis) the moist climate of Lower Egypt had ruined most of the wooden objects and artefacts.

However, the tomb of Psusennes is the only tomb of remained untouched by tomb robberies. The popular notion that King Tut’s tomb went unscathed is false - it was actually robbed twice in antiquity.

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