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Mysterious boy king Tutankhamun returns to the U.S. in 2008, bringing rare treasures never before seen outside Egypt. For the millions of fans wanting a keepsake and chronicle of this magnificent new exhibition, this book will delight. Created by world-renowned art historians under the guidance of Zahi Hawass—director of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and a well-known media personality—it surveys 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history by focusing on the lives and lifestyles of great pharaohs. Master photographer Sandro Vannini spotlights every dazzling artifact, using an innovative technique that makes the image jump off the page. The book’s design echoes the exhibition, grouping objects representing family life, religious practices, funerary rituals, and gold. In each artifact—a queen’s eye makeup container, a likeness of a princess eating duck, a sarcophagus made for a prince’s cat—we glimpse the life of ancient Egyptian royalty: exotic and fascinating, yet so human. Gold gleams in a leopard-mask of gilded wood, a brilliant pendant bearing tiny goddesses, even the golden finger and toe covers of Tutankhamun himself, meant to protect his extremities in the afterlife. Featuring more than 120 treasures, a dozen evocative landscape and archaeology photos, and illuminating text, this book makes palpable the excitement, riches, and mysteries of ancient Egypt. It will be prominently displayed in all exhibition venues, and its contents will interest visitors to the show as well as Tut enthusiasts across the country.
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From the Hardcover edition.
Full description pending manuscript from author.
Will include what we know about his way of life, his sister/wife, his father, his physical stature, his religion, his empire, his tomb, and the mystery of his early death.
He was crowned King of Egypt at about age nine and died abruptly - and mysteriously - at around age 18. In this comprehensive new volume, famed archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass scrutinizes the artifacts found in King Tut's tomb 3,500 years after his death, then recreates his life and times in a fresh and compelling style. The book includes late-breaking results of a never-before-performed CAT scan of the young monarch's mummy. Featuring more than 60 breathtaking photographs and illustrations, the book teaches children about the prominent people in Kin Tut's life, his proficiency in sports, his religion, his empire, and of course his tomb and the mystery surrounding his early death.
About the Author
is a world-famous Egyptian archaeologist and head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. He has been excavating around the pyramids at Giza for the last 20 years. His most important discoveries are the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya.
Dr. Hawass studied archaeology in Egypt and the United States. He earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on Egypt (see "Previous Titles" below for his National Geographic books). Dr. Hawass lectures widely, and through his numerous television appearances he has brought ancient Egypt into homes around the world. Since 2001 Dr. Hawass has been a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He lives in Cairo, where he has an office located just steps away from the Pyramids.