Egyptian experts engage in furious debate after discovering ‘missed feature’ of Tutankhamun mask

Egyptian experts have entered a furious debate after a British archaeologist discovered an “overlooked feature” of Tutankhamun’s funerary mask.

Egyptologist Professor Joanne Fletcher made the startling discovery while working on the Odyssey documentary “The Valley Of Kings: The Golden Age Of Egypt.”

She claims that the famous Tutankhamun mask was originally made for another famous ruler, and may have even belonged to Queen Nefertiti.

Studying the original photographs taken after the discovery of the intact tomb of Pharaoh Tutathamon, by Howard Carter in 1922, Professor Fletcher discovered “one long-overlooked feature.”

She said: “Recent research has revealed one long-overlooked feature – the distinctly pierced ears.

“It has been suggested that this mask was originally made for someone else.

“Research shows that Tutankhamun did not wear earrings from childhood.

“Therefore, he would not have been depicted with pierced ears by the time he died at age 20.”

Professor Fletcher says that “the mask was not made for an adult male pharaoh,” adding that Tutankhamun’s face was “attached” to Nefertiti’s mask.

But she seems to have hit a nerve with some experts in Egypt who disagree with her.

Former Antiquities Minister Dr. Zahi Hawass told Al-Monitor, “Fletcher’s ear piercing theory is unfounded because all the rulers of the 18th dynasty wore earrings during their reign.

The mask does not bear the name of Queen Nefertiti, as confirmed by a German archaeologist who examined it during the restoration of the chin area of the mask after it was damaged in October 2015.”

Meanwhile, Hussein Abdel Basir, director of the Museum of Antiquities at the Library of Alexandria, acknowledged that “there has always been controversy about the mask of King Tutathamon.”

He added: “It is true that some of the treasures found in King Tutathamon’s tomb did not belong to him but to other rulers of the Amarna period.”

“It is also worth mentioning that some rulers of ancient Egypt took possession of the treasures of kings before them and attributed them to themselves.”

“In the case of King Tutathamon’s golden mask there is little indication on it that it may have belonged to someone else.”

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