Brilliant discovery in Egypt
Mummy unveiled at pyramids
A brilliantly colored mummy dating back more than 2,300
years lies on its wooden coffin yesterday at
The mummy, from the 30th pharaonic dynasty, was discovered recently by an Egyptian-led archaeological team.
"We have revealed what
may be the most beautiful mummy ever found in
Hawass said experts will use CT scanning technology to reveal more details about the Egyptian's identity and how he had lived and died.
The mummy will be displayed
The mummy, found two months ago, was covered from head to toe in burial cloth painted in bright colors that depicted a range of graphic scenes, including the goddess Maat of balance and truth.
Also shown were the four children of the falcon-headed god Horus and the rituals and processes to mummify the person, who Hawass believes must have been wealthy considering his burial location and the fine gold used for the mummy's mask.
"The artists who made this mummy more than 2,000 years ago demonstrated the brilliance of the ancient Egyptians by using stunning colors and depicting his face so graphically," Hawass said.
The mummy was buried within the necropolis of King Teti, an area containing dozens of burial chambers, false doors that ancient Egyptians said the souls of the dead would use to leave their tombs, and temples.