Historical Events  Art
King Tut Death Mask

One or two animals on his forehead?

MMDE: A snake

Current: A vulture and a snake

Many people remember a single snake - a cobra in fact - proudly fixed to the boy kings forehead. That's not the way we see it in art, photographs and costumes today though. In every reference, there are two animals - a vulture and the snake.

The story behind there being two animals on the headdress is that the vulture represented upper Egypt and the snake was for lower Egypt.

Some are saying the vulture looks "added on". It breaks the symmetry, and this is something the Egyptians were obsessed with. There are a few MMDE's relating to ancient Egypt - they are the oldest ones recorded. The mystery of the pharaohs continues to this day...