The book is almost as beautiful as the treasures.
The tomb of Tutankhamun, with its breathtaking treasures, remains the most sensational archaeological find of all time. Brilliantly illustrated, Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb (Thames & Hudson, $39.95) takes the reader through Tutankhamun’s tomb room-by-room in the order that it was discovered and excavated by Howard Carter in 1922.
“The Valley of the Kings is one of the most romantic places on earth. Twenty-six of the most powerful kings in the history of the world, monarchs from the Golden Age of Egypt, were buried in this necropolis,” writes Dr. Zahi Hawass in the opening to the tome.
Dr. Hawass imbues the text with his own inimitable flavor, imagining how the uncovering and opening of the tomb must have felt for Carter, while Sandro Vannini’s extraordinary photographs reproduce the objects in infinitesimal detail. With stunning full-color spreads and foldouts throughout the book, this sumptuous volume is the definitive record of Tutankhamun’s glittering legacy, and a splendid companion to the “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition on view through January 6, 2019) in Los Angeles at the California Science Center.