King Tut’s Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

Discovery of King Tut exhibition in New York city opens this weekend and it will run till May 1, 2016. It’s one of the most anticipated exhibit within the artifact lovers and King Tut’s discovery was the biggest find of the century. It was nearly a century ago (1922) that archaeologist Howard Carter captured the world’s imagination with the astounding discovery of the undisturbed tomb of Tutankhamun.

Harry Burton, an English Egyptologist and archaeological photographer, documented the remarkable excavation on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, taking over 1400 photos of the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Now, British specialist studio Dynamichrome colorized a selection of Burton’s photos, each marking a milestone during the excavation. These will go on display in a special gallery, focusing on “the romance between New York and King Tut.”

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Tutankhamun lies intact with his burial mask on – this photograph was taken as the coffin lid was taken off. The 24 pound mask is made of solid gold inlaid with blue glass and other semi-precious stones, the distinctive nemes head cloth depict the Egyptian goddesses Nekhbet the vulture, symbolising the sovereignty over Upper Egypt and Wadjet the snake upon the brow symbolising the sovereignty over Lower Egypt. Not seen in this famous image is a protection spell inscribed on the back and shoulders of the mask.

 

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Carter and a worker examine the solid gold innermost sarcophagus, shown within a gilded, laminated wood coffin of different coloured glass.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

Howard Carter examines Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

Howard Carter, Arthur Callender and an Egyptian worker open the doors of the innermost shrine and get their first look at Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus.

 

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Carter, Callender and two Egyptian workers carefully dismantle one of the golden shrines within the burial chamber.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

Carter, Mace and an Egyptian worker carefully roll up the linen pall covering the second shrine.

 

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Inside the outermost shrine in the burial chamber, a huge linen pall with gold rosettes, reminiscent of the night sky, covers the smaller shrines within. The mural upon right northern wall depicts three scenes of Tutankhamun in the guise of Osiris, with Ay, the new Pharaoh performing the ‘opening of the mouth ceremony’. On the left western wall are shown various Egyptian deities such as Horus and Maat.

 

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A statue of Anubis on a shrine with pallbearers’ poles in the treasury of the tomb.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

A gilded bust of the Celestial Cow Mehet-Weret and chests sit in the treasury of the tomb.

 

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Chests inside the treasury made from various materials including ivory, ebony and Egyptian redwood which would’ve contained jewelry, clothing and cosmetics for the boy king.

 

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An assortment of model boats in the treasury of the tomb. In all, some 35 boats were located throughout the tomb, symbolic of the transporting the king on his journey through the streams of the underworld towards resurrection.

 

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Howard Carter, Arthur Callender and an Egyptian worker wrap one of the sentinel statues for transport.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

Numerous chariots are stacked up against the wall. A great schematic of the arrangement of the entire tomb can be foundhere.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

A ceremonial bed in the shape of the Celestial Cow, surrounded by provisions and other objects in the antechamber of the tomb. The white ovoid shaped objects are food offerings, including one containing beef!

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

Ornately carved alabaster vases in the antechamber, containing perfume.

 

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

A gilded lion bed, clothes chest and other objects in the antechamber. The wall of the burial chamber is guarded by statues.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

Lord Carnarvon, financier of the excavation and Howard Carter posing outside the Burial Chamber

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

Lord Carnarvon reads on the veranda of Carter’s house near the Valley of the Kings.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

Arthur Mace and Alfred Lucas work on a golden chariot from Tutankhamun’s tomb outside the “laboratory” in the tomb of Sethos II.

 

King Tut's Discovery Photos Are Now Colorized

 

In a “laboratory” set up in the tomb of Sethos II, conservators Arthur Mace and Alfred Lucas clean one of the sentinel statues from the antechamber.

All images by Harry Burton. © The Griffith Institute, Oxford. Colorized by Dynamichrome for the exhibition “The Discovery of King Tut” on New York’s 5th Avenue on November 21st, 2015.

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