Skip to comments.King Tut's Leftover Bandages Yield New Clues
Posted on 05/20/2010 7:29:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
King Tutankhamun's mummy was wrapped in custom-made bandages similar to modern first aid gauzes, an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art reveals. Running in length from 4.70 meters to 39 cm (15.4 feet to 15.3 inches), the narrow bandages consist of 50 linen pieces especially woven for the boy king. For a century, the narrow linen bandages were contained in a rather overlooked cache of large ceramic jars at the museum's Department of Egyptian Art. The collection was recovered from the Valley of the Kings between 1907-08, more than a decade before Howard Carter discovered King Tut's treasure-packed tomb... "The linens on the actual mummy were so much decayed by excessive use of resins that the bandages on display at the museum are actually the best-preserved lot of Tutankhamun wrappings," Dorothea Arnold, curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan museum, told Discovery News. "When the floor was swept after wrapping the body of a king, naturally, there were quantities of pieces of linen, some of them bandages and some wider bits, gathered up," wrote Herbert E. Winlock (1884-1950), the Metropolitan's curator, in a 1941 account of the embalming material... Especially woven for King Tut, some of these expensive linens still evoke the presence of the embalmers, as they show fingerprints indicating that someone had wiped his hands on them.
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Breath taking exhibit especially when one entered the room where the Gold Mask was displayed!
Nice GSP, but if you really want to stop the bleeding...( oh...nevvvermind)
I have a feline those aren’t in any way related to Tut. :’)
Coulda won grammy
Buried in his jammies....
“he gave his life for tourism...”
Why yes, I can see his face there in a kind of 3D image.
Was there any clue as to why he had long head like his father?
It has been suggested it was Marfan’s Syndrome.
Ok, that’ll make me keep reading. The bandages used to wrap Tut’s mummy were found in 1907, but his mummy wasn’t discovered until 1922. Gotta see them esplane that.
“...similar to modern first aid gauzes...they show fingerprints indicating that someone had wiped his hands on them.”
Whoever wrote this, I have to start following them. :)
Different chamber, presumably. I read somewhere (don’t ask me to site source, just going on memory) that several chambers of pots and storage jars were uncovered before the great burial chamber was discovered. These storage jars contained everything about the burial process, whereas the burial chamber was related to Tut and his possessions.
Heh... and for all anyone knows, the reason for the fingerprints is, some ancient Egyptian used these to wipe himself.
it was one hell of a long unwound bandage, took some time to follow it to the end.
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