My illustration of pharaon Tutankhamon famous death mask, acrylics on paper.🎨Tutankhamon (or King Tot, as he's sometimes called) is one of the most iconical and well known pharaons of Ancient Egypt. Probably for the beauty of the death mask and artifacts found intact in his tomb; maybe also because he became king at only 9, and also died very young.
As opposite as what was originally the theory about the cause of his premature death (a political complot to murder him), scientists and archeologists found out later that the reasons that lead this young king to die so young might be very different. His parents, believed to be king Akenathon and queen Nefertiti, were siblings. This was very common among royalities in Ancient Egypt as it was believed to preserve the purity of the royal house. Unfortunately, as we now know, consanguinity can be the cause of genetical disorders.
Research showed that Tut also had "a slightly cleft palate"and possibly a mild case of scoliosis. X-rays clearly show that the king suffered from Klippel–Feil syndrome, the congenital fusion of any two of the cervical vertebrae. All seven vertebrae in his neck were completely fused together, so he was unable to move his head. Examination of Tutankhamun's body has also revealed deformations in his left foot, caused by necrosis of bone tissue. The affliction may have forced Tutankhamun to walk with the use of a cane, many of which were found in his tomb.In DNA tests scientists found DNA from the mosquito-borne parasites that cause malaria.More than one strain was found, indicating that he contracted multiple malarial infections.The malaria would have weakened Tutankhamun's immune system and interfered with the healing of his foot. These factors, combined with the fracture in his left thighbone, discovered in 2005, may have ultimately been the cause of the death of he young king, at only 19. In a room connected to his tomb have been found two female mummies, believed to be of his mother, queen Nefertiti and of Ankhesenamun, believed to be Tutankhamon wife and his sister too. Also two unborn fetuses were found there, and they are believed to be the young couple children.