The Sarcophagus in the Tomb of Tut'ankhamun

The Sarcophagus in the Tomb of Tut'ankhamun


By (author) M. Eaton-Krause

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  • Publisher: Griffith Institute
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 279mm x 13mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0900416572
  • ISBN 13: 9780900416576
  • Illustrations note: with 20 plates and 4 figs.

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On February 12, 1924, Howard Carter presided over the lifting of the lid from the sarcophagus in the tomb of Tutankhamun to reveal the shrouded nest of coffins that contained the royal mummy. While the sarcophagus had received summary notice at first, it was later virtually ignored in the excitement generated by the gold coffins. Now, almost seven decades later, the sarcophagus finally received the attention this magnificent monument deserves. Following a detailed analysis of the sarcophagus's architecture and decoration, this book focuses on hitherto unrecognized evidence that the box was altered in antiquitiy, in all likelihood to adapt it for Tutankhamun from a previous owner. The list of possible candidates for the original ownership of the box is reviewed, with the balance of evidence favouring Tutankhamun's predecessor, his putative brother Smenkhkare. The book includes translation of and commentary of the inscriptions, and is illustrated by Harry Burton's photographs taken during the clearance of the tomb.

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Author information

Marianne Eaton-Krauss is a specialist in the history, art history and archaeology of the reign of Tutankhamun. In addition to numerous articles, she has published with Erhart Graefe The Small Golden Shrine from the Tomb of Tutankhamun (Griffith Institute 1985) and is preparing a comprehensive study of the chairs and thrones from the king's tomb, on the basis of documentation gathered by the late Walter Segal. She is also the author of The Representations of Statuary in Private Tombs of the Old Kingdom (1984).

Table of contents

Foreword; List of abbreviations; List of illustrations; Introductory remarks; Comparison of the sarcophagus; The alterations; Original ownership of the sarcophagus; The inscriptions; Figures and plates.