Tutankhamun's Tomb: The Thrill of Discovery: Photographs by Harry Burton

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This richly illustrated book of vintage photographs commemorates one of the most memorable episodes in the history of archaeology: the discovery and exploration in 1922 of the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun (Dynasty 18, ruled ca. 1336–1327 B.C.).  These photographs, documenting every stage in the process of discovery, were taken by the renowned archaeological photographer Harry Burton. Burton was a staff member of the Metropolitan Museum Egyptian Expedition when he was “lent” to Howard ...
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This richly illustrated book of vintage photographs commemorates one of the most memorable episodes in the history of archaeology: the discovery and exploration in 1922 of the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun (Dynasty 18, ruled ca. 1336–1327 B.C.).  These photographs, documenting every stage in the process of discovery, were taken by the renowned archaeological photographer Harry Burton. Burton was a staff member of the Metropolitan Museum Egyptian Expedition when he was “lent” to Howard Carter, the famed excavator of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

From the rock-cut steps leading down to the entrance passage, to the opening of the sealed chambers inside, to the first view of the contents of the tomb and the removal of the objects, Burton’s beautiful black-and-white photographs show thousands of the richly made and decorated objects found in the tomb.  Carefully reproduced from Burton’s original prints, the photographs are accompanied by new descriptive text written by two prominent Egyptologists with extensive knowledge of the history of Tutankhamun and the contents of his tomb.

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Library Journal
On November 26, 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon were rewarded after years of searching in the Valley of the Kings by their first sight of "the glint of gold" in the tomb of Tutankhamen. When they realized that the burial was virtually intact, the staggering responsibility for the recording, clearance, and conservation of this stupendous discovery became an immediate concern. Carter requested the assistance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's (MMA) highly accomplished Theban Expedition photographer, Harry Burton. Between 1922 and 1933, Burton spent most of his time documenting every aspect of Carter's work on the tomb. This collection of 75 of his photographs, lavishly reproduced in duotone sepia, has been published in conjunction with the exhibition Wonderful Things!: The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Harry Burton Photographs, which will be at the MMA from late December 2006 through April 2007. Allen (senior research associate, Egyptian art, MMA) provides the narrative captions and additional information in a separate section with thumbnails of each illustration. Readers familiar with the many other publications on Tutankhamen's tomb may recognize many of these photographs (albeit not always credited properly to Burton). Recommended for public and academic libraries. Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300120264
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 9/18/2006
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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James Allen is curator and Susan Allen is senior research associate in the Department of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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