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TUTANKHAMUN AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PHARAOHS:
Official Companion Book to the Exhibition
sponsored by National Geographic

A National Geographic publication
Author: Zahi Hawass, photographer: Kenneth Garrett
This official companion to the travelling exhibition lets you examine King Tut's magnificent treasures in closer detail than ever before. Follow the ongoing detective work as scientists unearth new clues and piece together clearer pictures of this golden age.

In the exhibit, cutting-edge forensic information of Tutankhamun provides tantalizing clues to the mysterious life and death of the ancient king. The 55 Tutankhamun artifacts featured in this book—as well as 70 additional artifacts from other pharaohs of the eighteenth dynasty—illustrate daily life and the journeys of kings to the afterlife, giving us a glimpse into the richness of this ancient civilization.

Extensively researched and featuring beautiful, newly-commissioned photographs, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs showcases a splendid selection of treasures unearthed in Egyptian tombs and brings these discoveries to life as never before, providing a fitting tribute to the Egyptians' remarkable ingenuity, craftsmanship, and culture. 175 full-color photographs. Maps, timeline & tomb plans.

From Booklist
Tutankhamen's reign, though brief, is historically significant because it coincided with restoration of the traditional Egyptian pantheon, which had been suppressed in an experiment in radical monotheism under the famous pharaoh Akhenaton. But it's the trove discovered in 1922 that has elevated Tutankhamen into an archaeological superstar, invariably drawing stadium-size crowds to museums that periodically exhibit its objects. A selection of about 130 items (without the spectacular coffins but including grave goods from other kings of Tutankhamen's dynasty) will tour four U.S. cities from 2005 to 2007: this book is the sanctioned companion to the exhibition. Written by one of the premier names in Egyptology, it closely describes the physical and symbolic attributes of each object and explains its purpose in the afterlife. Hawass' text sustains his reputation (Secrets from the Sand, 2003) as an engagingly clear public presenter of the subject, as it threads a general history of the eighteenth dynasty with dramatic narration of archaeologist Howard Carter's finding of Tutankhamen's sepulchre. An arrestingly visual album destined for high demand. Gilbert Taylor
© American Library Association.
$35.00 (hardcover)
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