The Royal Tombs of Egypt: The Art of Thebes Revealed

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Thames & Hudson, 2006 - History - 315 pages
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It was in the Valley of the Kings 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, tunnelled 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 paintings of the king with various gods and goddesses, as well as papyri, mummies, decorated coffins and other artifacts. This book reproduces these wall paintings and murals in full, and explores 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 ancient kings and queens who lay there, beliefs that provided the impetus for the building, decoration and equipping of these magnificent tombs.

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Zahi Hawass is General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt.

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