Carter entered the antechamber of the long sought tomb of Tutankhamun
in 1922, but it was November 1924 before the antechamber had
been cleared and he was able for the first time to peer by candle
light into the royal chamber. He was struck dumb with amazement;
he was looking at one of history's greatest archeological finds
-- everywhere there was the glint of gold. Some time elapsed
before the three coffins containing the mummy could be opened.
When the third coffin was revealed, it was found to be of solid
gold. Within that coffin lay the mummy of the 16 year old king,
the face covered with a mask of superb craftsmanship. That mask,
also of solid gold, was inlaid with glass and lapis lazuli. This
reproduction is completed in the back and mounted on an alabaster
base to display its magnificence. It is hand painted.