Photographs from the set of prints and negatives in archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"Published in conjunction with the exhibitions 'Wonderful things! The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the Harry Burton photographs" held at the Oriental Institute Museum, the University of Chicago, May 26-October 8, 2006, and 'Tutankhamun's tomb : the thrill of discovery' held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 19, 2006-April 29, 2007"--T.p. verso.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 103).
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.
Includes inlaid glass and glass bracelets (p. 59-60, 97).
Director's foreword --
Introduction by James P. Allen --
The plates --
Descriptions of the plates.