Has King Tut Been 'Whitewashed?'
News; Posted on: 2005-06-20 09:26:45

Blacks upset over bust accurately showing Egyptian king as non-Black - find the facts confusing.

US black activists demanded on Wednesday that a bust of Tutankhamun be removed from a landmark exhibition of artefacts from the Egyptian boy king's tomb because the statue portrays him accurately, as white.

The bust that activists object to is a central part of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, the first US exhibition of relics from King Tut's tomb in nearly 30 years, which opened on Thursday amid Hollywood fanfare.

The face of the legendary pharaoh, who died around 3 300 years ago at the age of just 19, was reconstructed earlier this year through images collected through cat scans of his mummy, found near Luxor in Egypt in 1922.

But Legrand Clegg, a historian and prosecutor of the Los Angeles area city of Compton, is demanding that the bust of King Tut be removed from the show because its rendition of his face is a "distortion of reality".

"They have depicted King Tut as white, but the ancient Egyptians were black people," he told AFP.
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