King Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb

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The ultimate book on King Tut and his tomb—the most exciting archaeological find the world has ever known.The fabulous treasures of Tutankhamun have fascinated the public since their discovery by Howard Carter in 1922. Many books have been written about the boy king and his tomb, but this volume by world-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass provides the reader with a unique perspective on this extraordinary archaeological find. Images by pioneering photographer Sandro Vannini offer distinctive views of almost 200 of...

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Overview

The ultimate book on King Tut and his tomb—the most exciting archaeological find the world has ever known.The fabulous treasures of Tutankhamun have fascinated the public since their discovery by Howard Carter in 1922. Many books have been written about the boy king and his tomb, but this volume by world-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass provides the reader with a unique perspective on this extraordinary archaeological find. Images by pioneering photographer Sandro Vannini offer distinctive views of almost 200 of the spectacular artifacts found at the burial site.King Tutankhamun uses carefully selected objects to illustrate the entire ten years of painstaking excavation and documentation carried out by Carter and his team. Organized to follow the chambers of the tomb in the order in which they were excavated, it illuminates the site's most magnificent artifacts.An experienced field archaeologist who has made many important discoveries himself, Dr. Hawass imbues the text with his own unique voice, imagining how exploration of the tomb must have felt for Carter and providing invaluable information about the objects. Sandro Vannini's photographs are extraordinary as well, allowing the objects to be seen in even more detail than is possible with the naked eye.Zahi Hawass is Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt, and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, and the Bahariya Oasis. Over his long and illustrious career he has made a number of major archaeological discoveries, of which the most spectacular are the tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya. Sandro Vannini has worked closely with Hawass over the years and contributed photographs to The Royal Tombs of Egypt.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

How could a full-color illustrated book of the golden treasures of King Tut not be dazzling? But this spectacular volume has the added virtues of color on almost every page, numerous gatefolds (including several double gatefolds) and multiple views (front, back, side) of several of the most notable objects. Hawass (The Royal Tombs of Egypt), a famed Egyptologist and the man in charge of Egypt's antiquities, takes readers through Howard Carter's fabled 1922 discovery by presenting objects in the order in which they were found, recreating the unfolding splendor Carter saw during his decade-long excavation. Hawass offers up his interpretations and insights, which turn the book into a kind of guided tour of the collection, and he makes connections among the artifacts, their functions and their era, and constructs the unique identity of the boy pharaoh. Vanni's consistently clear and vibrant photographs of jewelry, shrines, statuettes, vessels, furniture, coffins, amulets and more provide detail that allows one to appreciate fully ancient Egyptian achievement in craftsmanship, while the narrative features Tut, Carter and Hawass himself as key players. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

The enthusiasm of archaeologist and prolific author Hawass radiates from this book. Hawass is the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, and he discovered the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza and identified the mummy of pharaoh Hatshepsut. His presentation of objects in this book follows the path of the tomb chambers in their order of excavation by Howard Carter. Hawass tells the story of the tomb's discovery as seen through the eyes of Carter and of the Egyptians who worked with him. Many of the 26 foldouts show top/bottom, front/back, and side images of objects pictured elsewhere from only one viewpoint. Although lavishly illustrated (featuring 324 color illustrations) with photographs by Vannini, who has contributed to many other archaeological volumes, this is no mere coffee-table book. Not to be outshone by the magnificent images, Hawass's text provides a history of the process of Carter's discovery. Recommended for high school, public, academic, and special libraries.-Nancy J. Mactague, Aurora Univ. Lib., IL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500051511
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,009,819
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 13.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Zahi Hawass is Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt.

Sandro Vannini is an acclaimed Italian photographer who has worked closely with Zahi Hawass over the years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    wonderful photographs and text

    Author Zahi Nawass has gotten together a beautiful collection of photographs. The photographs are in the order in which Howard Carter found the objects. The photographs bring out the smallest details, in some cases by fold out pages. But sobering notes in the midst of all that serene beauty were sandals and staffs. The latter had the carved figures, the former the painted images, of captive Asiatics and Nubians. Every time King Tut used the staff or wore the sandals, he was symbolically crushing ancient Egypt's greatest enemies.

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