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King Tut. The Journey through the Underworld

Hardcover with three fold-outs, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 7.11 lb, 392 pages
US$ 70
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Since the ’90s, Sandro Vannini has created complete photographic reproductions of murals and artifacts in super high-resolution detail. Marking the centenary of Howard Carter’s historic excavation and a series of international exhibitions, this thorough guide to the ancient Egyptian afterlife casts an enthralling light on the voyage the boy king was thought to make after death.

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The Boy King’s Journey through the Underworld

Tutankhamun’s royal voyage into paradise, as told by ancient Egyptian treasures
Buried in the 14th century BC but unearthed by Howard Carter in 1922, the objects entombed with Tutankhamun are an invaluable window into a long-extinct belief system. Seen today, they create an intricate picture of how the ancient Egyptian people viewed the perilous journey to paradise, a utopian Egypt that could only be entered following the final judgment.

When acclaimed photographer Sandro Vannini started his work in Egypt in the late ’90s, a technological revolution was about to unfold. Emerging technologies enabled him to document murals, tombs, and artifacts in unprecedented detail. Using the time-consuming and strenuous multi-shot technique, Vannini produced complete photographic reproductions that revealed colors in their original tones with vivid intensity. Through these extraordinary images, we discover the objects’ quintessential features alongside the sophisticated and cleverly hidden details.

In collaboration with a series of international exhibitions, starting with King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center in March 2018, this comprehensive guide marks the centenary of Carter’s first excavations in the Valley of the Kings. These inestimable works endure through Vannini's photographs in their full, timeless splendor.

From offerings and rituals to Osiris and eternal life, Vannini’s portfolio covers all facets of ancient Egyptian culture—but it is Tutankhamun’s unique legacy that dominates these images. With texts by the photographer, captions by specialist Mohamed Megahed, and chapter introductions from scholars in the field, King Tut. The Journey through the Underworld puts much-debated mysteries to rest. The learned yet accessible forewords come from distinguished Egyptologists including Salima Ikram and David P. Silverman. Insightful narratives, resplendent images, and a contemporary standpoint make this title a fitting tribute to the Boy King’s odyssey, illuminating an epoch that spanned an unimaginable 4,000 years.
The photographer

Sandro Vannini started his career as a photographer in 1982, and today lives and works between Italy and Egypt. Active in the latter since 1997, and with special permission to access sites forbidden to the public, he has compiled an extensive visual archive of ancient Egyptian culture. Along the way, he first pioneered techniques that enable the use of leading digital photography in the extreme temperatures in the Valley of the Kings. Vannini’s photographs are among those assisting the work of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in the restoration of artifacts. Since 2016, he has been directing and producing television programs and documentary series in collaboration with Zahi Hawass, and is also the author of several books.

King Tut. The Journey through the Underworld
Hardcover with three fold-outs, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 7.11 lb, 392 pages

Customer reviews (12)

Fantastic

Murat, June 25, 2022
Very happy to have this book for a bargain price!

Excellent resource, beautiful pictures!

Zoltan, November 11, 2021
Just what you would expect! A book about the Tut collection, complete with stunning glossy photos and embossed dust jacket! So packed full it is also large and very hefty!
A great addition to any fine library!

From Howard Carter to us (passing by the Underworld)

Marco, November 05, 2021
Thanks to the multi-shoot tecnique, Sando Vannini, has realize a complete photographic reproduction of the funeral equipment belonged by the king baby, Tut. The vibrant beauty of this shots discovers the quintessence of the objects itself; it's a book about death and love, about who's dead and who's not, it's a jorney that lasts forever.

King Tut. The Journey through the Underworld

Domas, October 29, 2021
Actually, this book surprised me. About how good and detailed the photos are. From XL edition I was hoping less. The quality of the book surprised too: very good paper used, the cover is solid. What I missed a bit in the book was perhaps a bit more information texts, but that is well, already a matter of opinion. REALLY worth to have this great edition at any way! One of the most beautiful XL examples.

Great!

Alice, October 27, 2021
A wonderful travel around the Ancient Egypt! Highly recommended!

Allumez vos torches, ouvrez les yeux et plongez dans l’Histoire.

Sebastien.D, October 27, 2021
Ce livre aux dimensions « pharaoniques » nous plonge au XIVe siècle avant notre ère pour admirer les trésors de Toutânkhamon au travers les clichés de S.Vannini dont les avancées photos de l'époque ont permis de capturer avec une infinie précision les détails et les couleurs originales des oeuvres exhumées du tombeau. L'ouvrage nous permet ainsi d’être les témoins émerveillés d’une civilisation vieille de 4000 ans, le tout sublimer par des clichés d'une folle modernité technologique. Waouh !

Outstanding!

Simone Olivia, October 27, 2021
The superhigh quality of photos, print and the absolutely gorgeous layout make this book an all time favourite on my bookshelf!
Even for a book collector the beauty of this one is surprising and I am in awe with it

A small work of art.

Boleslaw, October 27, 2021
Fantastically published book.Gorgeous, vibrant colours. Every fan of ancient Egypt should have it in his collection. A small work of art.

Your History

Derek, October 27, 2021
This book is a conversation starter that will undoubtedly send you and your house guests down the Egyptian rabbit hole. So intriguing and informative!

Magnifique

Camille, November 04, 2021
J'ai acheté au fil des ans de nombreux livre TASCHEN en format XL, celui-ci ce démarque vraiment par la qualité exceptionnelle des photographies, mis en exergue par la beauté et la puissance des couleurs du trésor du Toutankhamon.