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Tutankhamun's Tomb: The Thrill of Discovery (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (2 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300120265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300120264
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 25.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,015,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Photography for 1922 is superb,well presented and a credit to Harry Burton. The only shame is that colour wasn't available to him,but perhaps monochrome does lend itself to an era that was rife with superstition; with myths and curses that the world does seem to delight in!A book to own if you are interested in Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb.
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Harry Burton was my great uncle. His photographs at Tutenkhamens excavations are renowned as brilliant considering being taken in 1922 and with equipment which in todays terms migt be considered primative. Take into account also the high temperatures and lighting problems, his pictures are astounding I am very proud of him.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8bb83840) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x8c1db588) out of 5 stars This book is highly recommended -- a great gift for the Egypt lover in your life! 9 Aug. 2006
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you thought you'd seen everything there was to see about the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, you were wrong! This amazing book is an invaluable addition to the Tut library. I picked up a copy of the book while visiting the Metropolitan Museum, and I can't recommend this book highly enough. The original excavation photos are beautiful and truly give you a sense of what it must have been like to witness the discovery of the tomb. From photos of the landscape in the Valley of the Kings (setting the geographic scene), to photos of the excavators working on the tomb through to object photos, the entire story of the discovery of the tomb is illustrated. Despite their age, the photos are vivid and gorgeous and bring the discovery to life. The accompanying text is kept to a minimum -- narrating the story nicely, but allowing the photos and objects to speak for themselves. (Longer photo captions at the end of the book accompany thumbnail photos, giving more detailed information about each photography.) This book will make a welcome addition to the library of anyone who loves ancient Egypt, a beautiful coffee table book, a nice backdrop or preparation for the King Tut show that's touring, or a lovely gift for anyone interested in Egypt or archaeology.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bfab3fc) out of 5 stars i wanted more... 28 Mar. 2007
By w - Published on Amazon.com
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everything from the size of this book to the image on its dust jacket is lovely. the book says that harry burton, the man who visually documented the clearance/excavation of kv 62, took some 1,400 images of the tomb's 5,400 objects; the book contains but 78 of these images. there is no substantive exploration of how the man worked but it's a coffee table book, not a bio. the images are vivid and give context and meaning to the find, and mr. burton's photos of the artifacts, particularly those of the metalwork, capture with brilliant clarity the unparalleled craftsmanship, skill, and design sensibility of the ancient egyptian artisans of the 18th dynasty; as his legacy shows, mr. burton surely related to them now and then.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba1bc84) out of 5 stars Review of Burton book 5 Sept. 2007
By VMI man - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a superb book. The original black & white photographs taken in the tomb by a master photographer are wonderful. I just wish there had been more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba1bc18) out of 5 stars Recommended 17 Feb. 2011
By Goldy Lox - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely recommend this book. it's incredible to see all those photos taken when the tomb was opened. The photos are large and clear. This is by far my favorite book about Tutankhamun's tomb and treasure. GREAT.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba0cad4) out of 5 stars Awesome pictures for all Egyptophiles 22 Jan. 2012
By louisvillebat - Published on Amazon.com
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Brings the thrill of Howard Carter's discovery to life!Highly recommend this beautiful book. However don't put too much stock in the written explanations. Does not agree with Carter's own journal which I read.
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