House of Eternity: The Tomb of Nefertari

House of Eternity: The Tomb of Nefertari


By (author) John K. McDonald

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 120 pages
  • Dimensions: 202mm x 250mm x 10mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 18 November 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500279241
  • ISBN 13: 9780500279243
  • Illustrations note: 101 illustrations, 89 in colour
  • Sales rank: 1,063,389

Product description

Over 3000 years ago, Nefertari, the favourite queen of Ramesses II, was buried in a tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Queens. The discovery of the tomb by Ernesto Schiaparelli in 1904 began a process of drastic deterioration which remained unchecked until 1988 when emergancy consolidation and restoration began. This guide takes the reader through each chamber, describing the hieroglyphic messages depicted in the wall paintings, and discussing the images within the context of religious beliefs. An insight is offered into the life of Nefertari and the Valley of the Queens, and on the development and symbolism of royal tombs generally and their construction and decoration. The author discusses the discovery and degradation of the tomb, and the crucial role of the getty Conservation Institute in restoring and stabilizing the wall paintings. The dangers and risks to such tombs in the future are also addressed.

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