Left - Finger and Toe Covers
These golden covers, or stalls, were found on the fingers and toes of Tutankhamunís mummy. They served a function similar to that of amulets that protected other parts of the kingís body from various magical dangers. The precious material of which they were made also identified the king with the gods, whose flesh was thought to be of gold.
Right Ė Colossal Statue of Tutankhamun Ursurped by Horemheb
This statue is one of a pair found at the remains of the funerary temple of Ay anjd Horemheb on the west bank of Thebes; its twin is at the University of Chicago.
Itís belst is inscribed with the name of Horemheb, written over the earlier ones of Ay and Tutankhamun.
Although the statue is of Tutankhamun, after his early death Ay appropriated the statue and carved his name on the front of the belt.
Horemheb, in turn, took it over for his use and reinscribed the belst with his name.
The large amount of surviving paint provides a hit of its original vivid colors.
WHO WAS KING TUTíS MOTHER?
Some Egyptologists have speculated that King Tut's mother was Akhenaten's chief wife, Queen Nefertiti but the new findings seem to challenge this idea, because historical records do not indicate that Nefertiti and Akhenaten (King Tutís father) were related.
As more evidence comes to light, the facts seem to point to Kiya is a woman known as Kiya. Little is known about her origins or her life. It was believed that she was a foreign princess that became and remained Akhenatenís second wife. Other scholars believe she was the sister of King Tut's father.
More things seem to point to Kiya being King Tutís true mother. Nefertiti may have just been King Tutís step-mother.
New evidence has even come to light that now proves the young pharaoh was most likely a product of incest. This new DNA evidence from samples taken in 2008, suggests that Kiya and Akhenaten (King Tut's father) were siblings. This rules out the theory that Kiya was a foreign princess. This would not have been out of the ordinary as many Ancient Egyptian monarchs wanted to ensure that their bloodlines remained royal. Therefore common practice was to marry within families. It should be noted that King Tut was also married to his half-sister Ankhesenamun which further substantiates this incestuous practice. (Or she may have been his aunt or both aunt and half-sister.)