Ken sees Tutankhamen mask he made 41 years ago

Ken Rebair with the replica mask he created 41 years ago.
Ken Rebair with the replica mask he created 41 years ago.
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A care home resident who created a Tutankhamen mask replica has been reunited with his masterpiece four decades after completing it.

Ken Rebair began work on the stunning replica mask in 1972 after being inspired when the iconic treasure, discovered in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter, was displayed at the British Museum.

Ken Rebair with the replica mask he created in 1974.

Ken Rebair with the replica mask he created in 1974.

The replica, painstakingly carved from beech wood, took Ken two years to complete, finishing work on the mask in 1974.

Ken, who now lives in Astor Court Care Home in Cramlington, was taken by activities coordinator Richard Dobinson on a trip to the museum to see the mask in person.

Richard said: “As soon as we came to the cabinet his face lit up, it was amazing to see.”

“Ken started telling me all about how he’d constructed the mask, how he’d mixed his paint to match the original. It was absolutely incredible.”