Deriv; Sculpture depicting the King Tutankhamun as a child, gold plate with Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun.

The Twin Tragedy of Tutankhamun: Death of a Dynasty

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Tossed away callously in a dark corner of the lavish Treasury in the subterranean tomb of Tutankhamun was possibly the most poignant remnant of the boy king’s short life.

Positioned next to the glittering canopic shrine that Howard Carter referred to as “the most beautiful monument”, was an uncovered and undecorated oblong beetle-ridden wooden box, whose lid was removed by ancient intruders. Inside, the British archaeologist discovered two exquisitely crafted miniature anthropoid coffins (Carter Nos. 317a and 317b) of gilded wood lying side by side. Placed head to feet, each one contained a nest of tiny coffins, like Russian dolls; within which were found the fetuses of two stillborn girls.

The occupants were not christened, and so, despite sporting clay seals with the royal impression of the jackal over nine captives, these coffins were merely inscribed: "The Osiris". Carter opined that they were “without doubt” the unfortunate daughters of the boy pharaoh and his consort Ankhesenamun.

Detail; Gold plate depicting Pharaoh Tutankhamun and consort, Ankhesenamun.

Detail; Gold plate depicting Pharaoh Tutankhamun and consort, Ankhesenamun.  ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

Right from 1925 when the fetuses were first discovered, researchers have examined the remains many times over in a bid to determine their gestational ages and characterize any congenital abnormalities the children could have possibly inherited from their father.

Mummy of a child with a gilded face mask. Alexandria, Egypt.

Mummy of a child with a gilded face mask. Alexandria, Egypt. (Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Scholars, Studies and Scans

The first person to engage in such a study was Carter himself. He unwrapped the smaller fetus that measured less than 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) in height and estimated it to have been around five months into maturity; but was confounded by its state of preservation and the absence of an abdominal incision, which meant that the body was not mummified. Also, the archaeologist discovered a mask of gilded cartonnage over the head of the child and recorded that it was “several sizes too large”. In fact, a funerary mask seems to have been destined for the other fetus too, but was presumably discarded into a pit that contained embalming debris when it was found to be too small to fit over the head of the linen wrappings. This mask was discovered by Theodore Davis in 1907.

Cartonnage Mask. Egypt, 2nd century AD.

Cartonnage Mask. Egypt, 2nd century AD. ( Public Domain )

In 1933, Dr. Douglas Derry, professor of anatomy at Cairo University, received the second mummy which was covered by a linen shroud fastened by transverse and longitudinal wrappings; beneath this lay a second shroud. Upon careful examination, the ace anatomist noted a further layer of “criss-cross bandaging and a series of pads which had been inserted for stiffening and shape,” Nicholas Reeves, notes in his book ‘The Complete Tutankhamun’ .

The English Egyptologist adds that the same padding was used on the sides, legs and chest of the little mummy. Beneath yet more layers of large, transversely wound, and somewhat charred covering sheets lay a final layer of delicate linen, under which lay the body of a child measuring 36.1cm (14.2 inches) in length. Derry concluded that it was probably an embalmed female fetus.

The method employed to embalm this mummy was evident; for the skull had been packed with salt-soaked linen inserted through the nose, and an incision made in the groin to introduce more salted linen before sealing the opening with resin―though Alfred Lucas, expert forensic chemist whom Carter enlisted to help preserve artifacts recovered from the tomb, believed it was modified animal tissue of some sort.

In his report, which recorded many physical features, Derry noted that he saw “very fine downy-looking hairs” on the child’s head, and added, “The eyebrows are distinct and a few eyelashes remain.” This was proof of the extraordinary skill of ancient embalmers, according to Dr. Bob Brier, the world’s leading expert on mummies. This baby, Derry believed would, “… have been about seven months at the time of birth”. It is interesting to note that both the royal fetuses had their hands placed by their side, and not in the formal Osiride position.

Egyptian god Osiris, with hands in Osiride position.

Egyptian god Osiris, with hands in Osiride position. ( Public Domain )

When Technology Met the “Twins”

Curiously, the little girls disappeared in the mid-1930s, and few experts were certain if they were in the Department of Anatomy in the Cairo University (where they were first kept in storage) or in the Egyptian Museum.


This is the king of Persia poisoned by Bagoas...the eunuch vizier. Asian Buddhists call Tut "That." Note the long neck on "Osiris": the Jewish sources label these "gods" the Anak...Ananaki...the long-necks that wear neck rings or necklaces...Hilltribe! That explains why a very long necked Yuya and his wife Thuja are wearing Hilltribe clothes on their mummies: she is the "mystery woman" of Amarna that Akhenaton built a house for...she is Kaikeya..."Kiya" the wife of Tushratta/ Dushartha he promised to place her offspring on throne. Smenkare and Tut...Chitrangda and Vishwavira...the Hindus say Chitrangda died battling a demon, and Vishwavira of TB. Yuya is Bagoas...aka Antigonas I...with very long neck. Osiris is Greek...his Egytian name is Ausar...Blue. Persians/Assyrians called him Asur...Azure...BLUE. The king in the stolen "Esther" tale is "Ahasureus"...actually it is Iah-Asureus...Blue Moon. Yuya stole the name of the mother goddess Iah...the moon. He is the green Osiris...he is king of the underworld: Cappadocia...where Antigonas I was king...of Phyrgia..."the man from Piggia" in the Indictment of Madduwatta." You can be sure the Hittite capital called "Bogas Koy" was Bagoas Bagoas. In fact they were Hilltribe bedouins..."Joseph the asefJa"...with his "coat of many colors." Yuya has a blond mummy...the Kaikeya creation myth is of a long neck...a golden dragon! I have images of Yuya...Yu'aa wearing his neck rings...from Sumeria to Egypt...where he was aka "Maya"...chief of the 12,000 priests of Sais and On...."Zion."...The original one. "Maya"...Illusion....Antigonas I was born in Greece: "Elimaea." Eli Maya...but the Illu of Sion myth is unraveling now...

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I think we can't miss King Akhenaten (tut's father) when it gets to King Tut.
King Akhenaton didn't like worshipping God Amun Ra and the rest of ancient gods in Thebes (Luxor) because he believed in a new God called Aton. He moved to Tell Alamarna to focus in his new religion, there he married Queen Kiya and got his only son who succeeded him, Tut Ankh Aton (the original name of King Tut).
After the death of Akhenaton, Queen Nefertiti (the step mom of King Tut) came back to Luxor with King Tut to support him, and they both returned the glory back to God Amun Ra.
Finding the tomb of Nefertiti will uncover ancient secrets about King Akhenaten and his new religion, and will help us learn about the religious conflict, which took place between the followers of God Amun Ra and God Aton after the death of King Akhenaten. It will also help us know more about the early years of King Tut's life and his period.


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