Make Your Own King Tut Statue

written by: Bruno Kos • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 1/31/2013

Creating a King Tut statue is a great project to do when learning about ancient Egypt. The first step is to choose the pharaoh’s image best suited to your skills in re-creating a sculpture.

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    Why Choose This Boy Pharaoh

    Tutankhamun This project is a great one do to when learning ancient Egyptian history. This Egyptian king, actually named Tutankhamun, is the most famous of all the rulers or pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

    During his reign from approximately between 1341 and 1323 B.C. he was not as well-respected as the other pharaohs before him. This is because he ascended the throne when he was only nine years old, making him also known in ancient Egyptian history books as the boy king. However, the excellent preservation of his tomb and the artifacts found inside made his image an icon reminding the present-day generation of the glory of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

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    Which Image to Choose

    King Tut’s burial mask, highlighted by an elaborate headdress, is among the pharaoh’s most famous symbol. Familiarity with the features and details of this mask would be very important in crafting a statue of King Tut as a school assignment. Just making a mask of the pharaoh would be a worthwhile project by itself.

    For an even wider choice, other visual representations of the Egyptian may be considered. Another popular statue of King Tut is the one depicting his head as a jackal. There are also statue images of the mummified remains of Tut encased in his coffin. Opting for re-creating such an image may be a popular choice, as many horror films have been produced revolving around the entombed King Tut and the supposed curse associated with his mummy.

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    The Easy Way

    One easy way to re-create a statue of King Tut is by adopting a representation of him inside his coffin. The materials that can be used may include a discarded doll, some gauze bandages, and a shoe box. The doll can be wrapped in white bandages as the mummy centerpiece of the project. The shoe box and its lid can easily be cut and altered into shape to make King Tut’s miniature coffin.

    This simple approach on how to make a King Tut statue for school project assignments is unlikely to earn an A grade from a teacher. The project more likely to draw high marks would be those re-creations of the young pharaoh in his full headdress.

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    The Hard Way

    Such a recreation will demand more effort and creativity, particularly in the craft of paper mache. Again, some discarded dolls and their parts can be used as a mold for the king’s statue. Another option is to use different-sized balloons to make individual body parts.

    Newspaper pages have to be cut into strips as wrappings for the statue’s molds. Paper mache paste needs to be applied to these wrappings around the molds, taking care to follow the curves of the parts of the statue as each strip is wrapped. As the wrapping proceeds, the image of the statue being recreated has to be consulted from time to time.

    Once the paste dries up the paper mache can be cut with a sharp knife from the molds. The critical step would be applying the finishing touches of colors, particularly on the golden headdress of King Tut.

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    Choose Your Method

    The decision to choose “the Easy Way” or “the Hard Way” will ultimately depend on the time frame given by an instructor. If given a deadline of an overnight project, then the wrapped doll in a shoe box method will the most sensible choice; however, when three days or an over-the-weekend deadline is offered, then the paper mache will be a great option for a high grade.