Whatever you think about the standards we put on a woman’s appearance, this is kind of ridiculous.
The mummy of King Tut’s grandmother, Queen Tiye, was indentified in February of last year. She’s considered one of the most powerful and most beautiful women in Egyptian history. She sat level with her husband—a position of ultimate power, unheard of for a woman at the time. Her husband, King Amenhotep III, erected shrines, temples, and even built a lake in her honor.
You won’t believe it, but she might’ve had a wart on her forehead!
“I got a high-resolution image of the mummy’s face from the Egyptian museum. From the enlargement, the small growth appears compatible with a flat wart or verruca plana,” González told Discovery News.
Slightly raised, flat and smooth, these harmless bumps of various colors are hyperplastic epidermal lesions produced by papilloma viruses (HPV). They usually occur on the face, neck and back of hands.
However, flat warts are not commonly found on the face of ancient Egyptian mummies.
“Until now I haven’t seen anything similar,” González said.
So, even if you were born thousands of years ago, you’re still not immune to microscopic criticism of your appearance. We’re actually examining a mummy to prove that someone wasn’t beautiful.
Yes, I know. The wart could mean other things. Normally, an Egyptian woman with such a horrible imperfection wouldn’t have been as revered as Queen Tiye was. And, also, this could mean that the mummy was misidentified, and that it’s not actually Queen Tiye.
But those points are barely given any light, the article’s main premise being: Guess what? This supposedly beautiful woman had a wart on her forehead.
You’re better than that, Discovery News.
—Photo AP/Amr Nabil