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Howard Carter Before Tutankhamen

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:39 pm    Post subject: Howard Carter Before Tutankhamen Reply with quote

I just received this book by Nicholas Reeves and John H. Taylor in the mail yesterday afternoon. I sat down and already finished reading it! Very Happy

This book is just wonderful. The only thing that makes it hard to read is the fact that you will get distracted by the fantastic illustrations in the book. Laughing

There are quite a few pictures of watercolor paintings and pencil drawings that Howard Carter did. They are real amsterpieces I think.
His watercolor of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el Bahari is great.

One of his paintings (from Deir el Bahari) shows Nekhbet the vulture goddess making a triangular protective gesture (one wing in front of her, the other down her body) and in this triangle is a hole in the wall showing a cute little bird nesting!

There is also an interesting study where he painted the hieroglyph depicting the vulture (the '3' sound). Below it he painted the actual vulture as it appears in Egypt.

The text contains many excerpts from letters from different people and this is both very interesting and at times highly amusing to read.

One of my favorite ones is where he describes his assistant Guthrie Roger:

"his archeological attributes, I discovered, comprised athletics on the horizontal bar and lifting heavy weights."

I highly recommend this book.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, you bought it, eh? I'll probably do the same, especially after reading your review. I'd love to see those illustrations and learn more about Carter above and beyond Tut's tomb.

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They are real amsterpieces I think.


Would those be art pieces he produced in Amsterdam? Laughing

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. It was a rare opportunity.

The more I think about it, the more I want this book. Er...umm...duh...I kind of lost the link to it. You wouldn't happen to have it handy, would you? Embarassed
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never mind, anneke. I found it. Whew.

For those of you who might be interested, here's the link.

And by the way, why wait any longer, right? I bought it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL amsterpieces! Wish I could say I did it on purpose.... Smile


I love the book, and I think you will enjoy it as well.
There are also some paintings made by his relatives in the book.

And there is a picture of HC's older brother in Egypt. He was employed for a year as a sketch artist but decided it was too hot.

I think you will like HC's watercolor of Deir-el-Bahari. It's very good.

The exerpts from letters made me laugh several times.
It's funny, because you do hear that HC was what was called a "difficult man" or "domineering". That's not really what you get from the letters that are quoted though. That may have been due to the careful selection by the authors?

There is one letter where someone else talks about his horrible manners Very Happy He apparently used to pick his teeth at the table and later get himself a glass of whiskey that he would thoughtlessly fill to the brim, and then laugh and try to pour some of it back into the bottle making a mess.
Sounds like a lovely house guest Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sounds like more than a few of my friends. Shocked

I'm looking forward to reading this book.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book was originally published by British Museum Press in 1992, in occasion of the exhibition 'Howard Carter before Tutankhamun', 19/11/92 - 31/05/93.
I still have a poster of this exhibition.

In approximately the same period the Dutch television broadcasted 'Op zoek naar Toetanchamon' in the 'Teleac' series. (93-94)
And they published a Dutch translation of the book accompanying the series, 'The face of Tutankhamon', by Christopher Frayling.
Not that good as 'HC before T', but also interesting stuff.

In spite of many criticism, Carter was a great archaeologist in his time, and maybe with Flinders Petrie, one the best.
I don't think he has a statue his memory deserves, just a simple grave:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pif&GRid=3665&PIgrid=3665&PIcrid=658430&pt=<b>Howard</b>+Carter&ShowCemPhotos=Y&

(http://www.findagrave.com
if the link above should not work)

(On this website the grave does not look the same as pictured on page 188 in 'Howard Carter before Tutankhamun', probably a new gravestone?)
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally got the book in the mail last night. I haven't read it yet (and may not for some time), but after a perusal I can verify it's wonderful.

And you're certainly correct, Philip Arrhidaeus. There's no denying it: Carter was one of the best archaeologists of his time.
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