Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs: Official Companion Book to the Exhibition sponsored by National Geographic (Anglais) Relié – 1 juin 2005
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Every other page is an illustration, a photograph of an artifact or a map which is accompany by a descriptive text on the opposing page. Beautifully laid out, the first section of the book is the history and background of King Tut followed by a longer section on every single artifact on display. As it was in its first tour in the late 1970's (with new objects added), this exhibtion is a museum blockbuster -- the LA site will be open 24/7 hours during its final two months of its stay to compensate for the heavy demand for tickets.
For any reader interested in the history of ancient Egypt or plan on viewing this once-in-a-lifetime show, this book is a must buy, preferably before seeing the exhibition.
Perhaps most striking is the reconstructed image of Tutankhamun. It was made by a special CT scanner that obtained images from inside the mummy's wrappings without damaging them. This created the first three-dimensional picture of Tutankhamun.
The exhibit will show in LA, June 16 to November 15, 2005, Ft. Lauderdale from December 15 to April 23, 2006, Chicago May 26 to January 1, 2007, and in Philadelphia February 3 to September 30, 2007.
But it isn't.
This book is a marvelous analysis of the life and times of Tutankhamun, the heretic Akhenaten, and the tumultous Amarna period, which has fascinated and astounded historians for centuries. This book is a beautiful exhibition guide to an unearthly exhibit. If you have seen the exhibit, it's a perfect way to relive the wonderful experience again and again. If you have not, the book, with its earthy, gorgeous, full color photograhps, captures the feel of the exhibit spectacularly. With hundreds of gorgeous and new photos by Kenneth Garret, and clear, concise, and fascinating text by the brilliant Zahi Hawass, this book is another triumph by National Geographic.