The Mask of Agamemnon



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Mask of Agamemnon
Mask of Agamemnon - a gold funeral mask probably of a Mycenaean king called the "Mask of Agamemnon" by Heinrich Schliemann - found in shaft grave V of Grave Circle A - Second half of 16th century BC - Athens National Archeological Museum

Heinrich Schliemann excavated at Mycenae and discovered a number of gold death masks. This one he decided must be Agamemnon, the Greek king of the Trojan War of The Iliad. He said that he had looked in the face of Agamemnon and that his skull had disintigrated when he touched it. Though an extraordinary find, it was too old to be the death mask of the famous king, even a Mycenaean king of this name existed, which is far from certain.


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