Image of the skull-mask of Amenhotep III

ref: July 10, "Tut's Age"

"The most important aspect, in my view, of the mask from the workshop that appears to be the face of the sovereign is that it is apparently a molded cast and not a sculpture executed with any sort of agenda in mind. Therefore, it can be safely compared with the putative skull of Amenhotep III. When superimposing the latter upon the former, a very good compatibility can be achieved. The planes of the face marked "S" are copied from high points on the skull and those marked "M" can be viewed on the mask. Notice how perfectly the lines of the occular ridges (the projections upon which the eyebrows sit) of both the skull and the mask align. Were the jaw in its "closed" position, the chin of the skull would meet exactly at the most rounded part of the chin of the mask The lips indicated by the mask are in their proper position in relation to the dentition of the skull and the nose (the tip of which was restored by the author), would have had its boney part exactly where the skull provides it. The contours of the rounded cheekbone are perfectly formed in the juncture of the lines of the mask and the skull. If the forehead of the mask seems to have a steeper angle than that of the skull, it might be due to the accumulation of the material of the cast above the hairline and does not necessarily mean that the subject had such a perpendicular brow. The same can be said of the material hanging beneath the chin, although this might represent the loose skin or fatty deposits of the king's jowls."
Marianne Luban
UrHekau@aol.com


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