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Tutankhamun [Hardcover]

T. G. H. James , Araldo De Luca
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mask of Beauty March 19 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book is just WOW!!! I started reading this after his Ramesses II book. The photos of his objects are great. I own The Complete Tutankhamun and Howeard Carter: Tomb of Tutankhamun also,but the photos in this are far better. 80 Pages of history and the rest photos and explanations of each piece. I highly recommend it as well as his Ramesses II book. These books are well worth the bucks. Howard Carter would be well pleased. The Boy King Lives On!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is it! April 21 2008
By Bruce D. Wilner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the one! Trash all your other King Tut books that claim to offer "unprecedented access" or "astonishingly complete catalogue of treasures" or some such. I have never before seen--nor do I ever expect to--page after page of eye-dazzling, heart-stopping treasures. Gold, gold, GOLD! Precious stones! Carnelian, faience, turquoise, jet! To complete the packaging, the first eighty pages present a very strong, tightly written synopsis of the discovery of the tomb and its aftermath, including the quirky personalities involved. Not to be missed is the remarkable orthographic diagram of the tomb layout that makes the spatial relationship among the various tomb chambers crystal-clear. The author also provides original 1922 photographs (black and white, of course) of the various chambers in their original higgledy-piggledy condition. You won't be disappointed with even the least conceivable aspect of this monumental opus. Five stars!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most impressive book I've seen in ages! April 22 2010
By Mac the wife - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is breathtaking! The color photographs are knockouts. By far the best possible catalog of the Tutankhamun treasures. The text is most useful and informative. We saw both visits of the treasures in Los Angeles and came away overwhelmed,feeling that our experience was all too ephemeral. Here we can study the large, detailed photos--most of the items which did not travel--and really appreciate the true extent of the find. I highly suggest anyone interested in Egypt purchase this remarkable book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Burial of Incredible Treasure Oct. 17 2010
By Ron Braithwaite - Published on Amazon.com
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This beautiful book, with magnificent glossy photographs of Tutankhamen's sarcophagus, shrines, coffins, shabati etc. etc. is the next best thing to owning the treasures yourself. The authors have also included photographs of lesser known art pieces composed of carved wood and stone. As you probably know, the tomb had been entered by grave robbers during ancient times but then, again in ancient times, resealed presumably by guards located in the Valley of the Kings. With this in mind, the authors offer a fascinating insight. A beautiful carved wooden shabat was found buried in the rubble filling the entrance tunnel to the tomb. Apparently the robbers had left it there as of little value. If such is true, it is probable that there wasn't an antiquarian relic market in ancient Egypt. The robbers were probably only after precious metals, stones and jewelry. Probably this should come as no surprise despite the fact that these beautiful little shabati would now be worth a great deal.

The text of this book, giving Howard Carter's history, is useful, as is the text that runs throughout the book. This pictoral book does suffer, in my opinion, from the same problem as many magazines. The text itself is rather choppy because of the problem of showing voluminous photos with descriptive captions. Too bad but perhaps inevitable.

I do wish, however, that the authors had discussed and speculated on the ancient robbery. Do they think the tomb robbers were captured? Do they think that stolen items were recovered and returned to the tomb? They strongly imply that many highly valuable items were stolen and NOT returned--but--how do they know? The various chambers of the tomb seemed to be chock-full of valuable items.

If the robbers weren't captured, why didn't they return and clean the tomb out as thoroughly as every other Royal tomb ever discovered? If the robbers were captured isn't it probable that the stolen goods were recovered and returned?

Personally, I think a text concerning ancient Egyptian tomb robbery--techniques, motives, individuals--is a volume whose time has come. When you see how much gold was recovered from King Tut's tomb it makes me wonder if much of this precious metal was simply recycled--certain Pharaohs may have commissioned robbers to steal the gold of their ancestors. Given the supposedly highly religious nature of ancient Egyptians such sacrilege might seem improbable--but was it? Obviously the robbers themselves must have swallowed their religious scruples to obtain wealth. Why not certain Pharaohs, especially if the occasional one was a secret agnostic or atheist.
5.0 out of 5 stars great purchase May 11 2014
By Lisa A. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't be happier. Such a nice book for a low price. This was a great deal. Less than $10 including postage.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tut book out there Dec 31 2012
By K. M. Puhl - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. I bought a whole slew of them recently, looking for the book I grew up with in my mother's collection; she saw the artifacts on their original US tour and had a beautiful book and slide show. I never found the exact book I was looking for, but this is fantastic. The pictures are huge, in glorious color and thorough detail. Exceeds any other Tut book I've seen.
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