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 a 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...

Mask of Tutankamun

The mask was first discovered by Howard Carter in 1925. It's now housed in Cairo's Egyptian Museum. It contains a spell from The Book of the Dead inscribed on it's sides, wriitten as hieroglyphs.

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In 2015 some clumsy museum workers broke the beard off and attempted to glue it back by themselves, so it had to then be professionally repaired. In total 8 staff were accused, and a trial is still pending for this. Often described as the best known work of art from the whole of ancient Egypt, its been speculated that it was originally intended for Queen Neferneferuaten.

Wikipedia described the cobra and vulture as wadjet and nekhbet, symbolising Tutankhamun's rule of both Lower Egypt and Upper Egypt respectively. Early photographs taken whilst the mask was still in the sarcophagus clearly show them present, but this does not persuade those who remember only a snake, since, as is often with the Mandela Effect, they claim to have dual memories even though they are fully aware of how illogical this is.