by Tenebris Light, 12 June 2002
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Tutankhamun If I remember correctly the Egyptian Government allowed the mummy of Tutankhamun to be inspected and x-rayed in the 1960s by some English archaeologists and in the process the glass sheet covering the tomb was broken and a replacement was donated by an English glassmaking company as a gift. Perhaps Ramases read or heard of this from the UK media? (I don’t have the reference for this to hand, but I could look this up for you if you are interested – I studied Egyptology.)
Here is the reference to the replacement of the glass top on Tutankhamun’s coffin:
The Egyptian Government gave permission to R.G. Harrison, professor of anatomy at the University of Liverpool, to examine the mummy and Harrison and his team opened the coffin on December 4th 1968:
‘When Howard Carter [the original discoverer of the tomb] had returned the coffin to the sarcophagus forty-two years earlier, he replaced the cover of the sarcophagus with a protective sheet of glass 6 mm thick. Just as Carter had struggled within the confines of the tomb to disassemble the shrines and coffins, Harrison and his team reported that removing the sheet of glass ”was no mean task in the confines of the tomb”. During the operation, one corner of the sheet was broken off; a British firm replaced the glass free of charge with a sheet of its 10 mm armour-plate glass.’
[From: The Search for the Gold of Tutankhamen, by Arnold C Brackman. Mason Charter Publishers Inc 1976.]
I don’t know which Egyptian ‘Ramases’ Ramases the musician thought he was the reincarnation of (I imagine it was Ramases II, ‘Ramases The Great’ as he is the most famous of them) but it would be interesting to know. There is quite a line of musicians inspired by Ancient Egypt such as the jazz artiste Sun Ra.
‘They [the 7 dwarves] laid her [Snow White] on a bier, and all seven of them sat down beside it and mourned over her. They all wept for three whole days, and then they intended to bury her, but she looked so alive and still had such pretty red cheeks that they said; ”We can’t possibly bury her in the dingy ground.” ‘Instead, they made a transparent glass coffin so that she could be seen from all sides. Then they put her in it, wrote her name on it in gold letters, and added that she was a princess. They carried the coffin to the top of the mountain, and from then on one of them always stayed beside it and guarded it…..’
[From The Complete Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm, translated into English by Jack Zipes, Bantam Books 1987]