(reigned 1333-1323 BC), Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty,
the son-in-law of Akhenaton, whom he succeeded, and possibly
his son by a minor wife.
became pharaoh at about the age of 9 and ruled until his
death at about the age of 18. Peace was brought to Egypt
during his reign as the worship of Amon, abandoned under
Akhenaton, was restored and Thebes, the city sacred to Amon,
was again made Egypt's capital.
he was not an important king, Tutankhamen is well known
today because his tomb, containing fabulous treasures, was
found virtually intact by the British archaeologists Howard
Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922.
Mask of Tutankhamun:
The death mask of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun is made
of gold inlaid with colored glass and semiprecious stone.
The mask comes from the innermost mummy case in the
pharaoh's tomb, and stands 54 cm (21 in) high.
(Bridgeman Art Library, London/New York - Encarta)
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