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BUY IT: King Tutankhamun

King Tutankhamun - Description

King Tutankhamun
The Treasures of the Tomb
Zahi Hawass
Photographs by Sandro Vannini

The Fabulous treasures of Tutankhamun have fascinated the public since their discovery in 1922. Many books have been written about the boy King his tomb, but this volume by world-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass provides the reader with a unique perspective on this extraordinary archaeological find, which remains the most exciting the world has ever known. Images by pioneering photographer Sandro Vannini offer distinctive views, never seen before, of almost 200 of the spectacular artifacts found at the burial site. King Tutankhamun: The Treasures of Tomb gose on a journey to the past - not only to the era of the discovery, but also back to the world of the ancient Egyptians.

This volume uses carefully selected objects to illustrate the entire ten years of painstaking excavation and documentation carried out by Howard Carter and his team of experts. It is organized to follow the chambers of the tomb in the order in which Carter excavated them, and illuminates the site's most magnificent artifacts, including all of the objects in both current traveling Tutankhamun exhibitions. An experienced field archaeologist who has made many important discoveries himself, Dr Hawass imbues the text with his own unique flavor, imagining how the uncovering and opening of the tomb must have felt for Carter and providing invaluable information about the objects themselves.

The superb photography of Sandro Vannini adds an extra dimension to this lavishly illustrated volume, showing the objects from the tomb as they have never been before, in stunning full-color spreads and foldouts throughout the book.

BUY IT: The Royal Tombs of Egypt

The Royal Tombs of Egypt - Description

The Valley of Kings is famous throughout the world as the burial place of the great New Kingdom pharaohs. It was here, in 1922 that Howard Carter stumbled upon the virtually intact tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun, igniting a worldwide Egyptomania that has lasted to this day.
The royal tombs, tunneled deep into the Theban cliffs, represented both the gates to the Netherworld and the womb of the Great Goddess. Many of them contain outstanding wall painting of the king with various gods and goddesses, as well as papyri, mummies, decorated coffins and other artifacts. This is the first book reproduce these wall paintings and murals in full, and to explore the meanings of the esoteric and arcane Netherworld Books that decorated the royal tombs. The images are accompanied by in-depth analyses of the most deeply held beliefs of the building, decoration and equipping of these magnificent tombs.
Beautifully illustrated in full colour, with thirty foldouts, this sumptuous volume will enable you to join the pharaohs of the New Kingdom on their journeys to immortality.

 BUY IT: Mountains of the Pharaohs

Mountains of the Pharaohs - Description

The great Pyramids of Giza have intrigued humanity for thousands of years. Questions about the construction and the purpose of these majestic monuments have existed since the middle period of ancient Egyptian civilization but recent cutting-edge research has uncovered information about how and why they were built. In Mountains of the Pharaohs, Zahi Hawass, a world-renowned archaeologist and the official guardian of Egypt's timeless treasures, weaves the latest archaeological data and an enthralling family history into spellbinding narrative.
Nearly five thousand years ago, the 4th Dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom reigned over a highly advanced civilization. Believed to be gods, the royal family lived amid colossal palaces and temples built to honor them and their deified ancestors. Hawass brings these extraordinary historical figures to life, spinning a soap opera-like saga complete with murder, incest, and the triumphant ascension to the throne of one of only four queens ever to rule Egypt.
The magnificent Pyramids attest not only to the dynasty's supreme power but also to the engineering expertise and architectural sophistication that flourished under their rule. Hawass argues that the Pyramids-including the Great pyramids of Khufu. The only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing –were built by skilled craftsmen who took great pride in their work
Mountains of the Pharaohs is an unprecedented account of one of civilization's greatest achievements.

BUY IT: Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs : Official Companion Book to the Exhibition sponsored by National Geographic (Hardcover)

Tutankhamun the Golden king and the Great Pharaohs - Description

Land of Pharaohs and Viziers, of tombs filled with gold and gems, of hieroglyphics meant to guide the soul from this world into the next-this is ancient Egypt, one of the earliest and most fascinating cultures in all of human history. This book, companion volume to a new exhibition touring Europe and America beginning in 2008, represents the glory and the mystery of the entire 3.000-year span of ancient Egyptian history. Open these pages and you are transported there, guided by the inimitable Zahi Hawass, world-renowned Egyptologist.

Here are Kings of the Old and Middle Kingdoms, represented by silent statuary unearthed from temples long lost in Egypt's desert sands. Here are impressive sculptures from the New Kingdom: a clay head of Amenhotep III; a kneeling statue if Hatshepsut, the queen who ruled during Egypt's 18th dynasty. And here are intriguing artifacts-earrings, a game box, a bed, and ritual statuettes-from the tomb of Tutankhamun, the golden boy-King whose fascination has end.

Through this book-thanks to exquisite photography Italian photographer Sandro Vannini-one enters the world not only of queens and pharaohs but also of high priests and officials, nursemaids, and even workmen who toiled to build the Pyramids. Gaze on rings and amulets treasured by royalty; a sarcophagus built for a cat; a tiny pot that held a princess's eye makeup; even a latrine seat and a headrest, intimate objects of everyday life in ancient Egypt.

Four noted scholars join Hawass in providing a concise, comprehensive history of 3.000 years of pharaonic Egypt. Dazzling photographs of more than 150 pieces of art and jewelry, most never before seen outside their homeland, make Tutankhamun: The Golden King the Great Pharaohs a marvel to behold-and a richly rewarding panorama of ancient Egyptian history.



BUY IT: Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt : Unearthing the Masterpieces of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (Hardcover)

Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt - Description:

This SUMPTUOUS book presents rarely seen antiquities from the finest collection of ancient Egyptian masterpieces anywhere in the world, culled from the unparalleled holdings of the Cairo Museum and captured in lavish full-color photographs. From the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun to the new discoveries by author ZAHI HAWASS, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt tells the fascinating tale of 150 years of archaeological discovery. Exciting finds span 3.000 years of brilliant culture, from the first dynasty of the Old Kingdom to the Ptolemaic pharaohs who followed Alexander the Great. Here are extraordinary statues and mysterious sarcophagi, death masks of legendary rulers and the mummies who wore them into the afterlife, religious artifacts and everyday objects-each an important and colorful piece in a dazzling mosaic of antiquity’s oldest and most enduring civilization.


BUY IT:Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Boy King (Crossroads America) (Hardcover)

Tutankhamun the mystery of the boy king - Description:

Imagine becoming King at the age of eight. Imagine being married then, too, and responsible for a whole kingdom. Your parents are dead. The adults who help you have ambitions for themselves. The people think of you as divine, with a special relationship to the gods.

This is what life was like for King Tutankhamun, who lived in Ancient Egypt about three thousand years ago. We know a lot about King Tut from his tomb, his mummy, and other tombs, temples, and artifacts. We know how big he was, how old, what he wore, what he ate, even what games he played. We know a lot about his family. Archaeologists have even found the tomb of his wet nurse.

But there is a lot we may never know about this king. Was he good at hunting and war games, or did he want people to think he was? Did he believe in the religion of his father or of his grandfather? Was his mysterious death at age I8 natural? Or was he murdered?

Join Zahi Hawass, Director of Excavations at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, for trip back in time to discover the mystery of the boy King.

 Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt's Past

Hidden Treasures of the Egyptian Museum: One Hundred Masterpieces Form the Centennial Exhibition (Paperback)



The Silent Images: Women in
Pharaonic Egypt


Valley of the Golden Mummies


 The Curse of the Pharoahs : My Adventures with Mummies (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))

The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt (Carnegie Series on Egypt)
by Zahi A. Hawass. Paperback (April 1990)

The Secrets of the Sphinx: Restoration Past and Present (Paperback)
by Zahi A. Hawass, H. E. Farouk Hosni. Paperback (March 1999)

 The Island Of Kalabsha (Paperback)

 The Golden Age of Tutankhamun: Divine Might and Splendor in the New Kingdom (Hardcover)

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