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Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm
July 9, 2012 3:16 pm

Funerary mask from the "King Tut" exhibition at the Pacific Science Center. Courtesy photo.

IMAGE IS FOR YOUR ONE-TIME EXCLUSIVE USE ONLY AS A TIE-IN WITH THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT “TUTANKHAMUN: THE GOLDEN KING AND THE GREAT PHAROAHS.” NO SALES, NO TRANSFERS.

CREDIT: ©2008 Sandro Vannini

CAPTION: Funerary Mask of Psusennes I
The golden mask lay over the head, chest and part of the shoulders of the mummy of Psusennes, as a layer of protection. The royal headdress with ureaus cobra and the divine false beard he wears attested to his royal and godly status. The use of gold, considered the flesh of the gods, reaffirmed his divinity in the afterlife