"One of the most curious things among the bandages are 50 pieces of narrow tape with a selvage on each side. I do not recall ever having seen any ready-made, Eighteenth-Dynasty bandages like them before," Winlock wrote.
Indeed, these custom-made bandages, which look like modern gauze, are unique. They were specially made for King Tut, and probably were used to affix the larger sheets around the body.
Since so much resin had been poured over Tut's mummy, the wrappings have become one compact, half-disintegrated mass. Howard Carter, who discovered Tut's tomb, damaged the bandages when unwrapping the mummy and could not really analyze what kind of sheets were used on King Tut.
According to Dorothea Arnold, curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan museum, the bandages on display are actually the best-preserved lot of Tutankhamun wrappings. Even though they are the discarded pieces, they provide further insights on King Tut’s funeral arrangements.
"One can see fingerprints where someone had wiped out his hands on them," Winlock observed.