On November 4th 1922 Howard Carter, a British archaeologist
on Lord Carnarvon’s expedition to Egypt, uncovered steps leading
to a royal tomb of ancient Egypt. On November 25th the first stone was
removed from the wall which had sealed off the entrance of Tutenkhamen’s
tomb, west of Thebes in Upper Egypt. Lord Carnarvon, his daughter Lady
Evelyn Herbert and Howard Carter took it in turns to peer through the
hole at the jumbled personal effects of the 18 year old boy King who
had reigned for about six years more than 3,000 years ago.
On February 3rd 1923, the ILN published a special number,
‘First Official Photographs of the Tutenkhamen Find’
(Appendix List No. 82), with pictures of the
guardian statues and funerary furniture of the ante-chamber of the tomb,
including the alabaster unguent vases and the ceremonial gilt couch
with lion supports.
The cover design, in blue and red, has the stylised symbols of pharonic
rule (alternating lotus and papyrus stems, the royal cobra, the protecting
wings of the vulture deity, etc.) surrounding a photograph of a stone
statue of a pharaoh in an oval frame.
This is issue number 4372, vol. 162, pages 115-192, measuring 37 x 27
cm and priced at one shilling.
This tomb was a unique treasure house since it had been enriched by
priests grateful for the fact that the young King had restored the old
religion banned by his predecessor, the religious reformer Amenhotep
The ‘Egypt Number’
(Appendix List No. 83) of February 24th 1923,
opening of the sealed chamber and provides more photographs from the
sepulchre (funeral bouquets, painted casket, sandles, gloves and personal
tokens, etc) as well as giving an illustrated history of Egyptian burial
rites and showing pictures of the eager pilgrimage of modern visitors
from Cairo sailing up the Nile in privately-hired dahabeabs, the distinctive
sailing craft of Egypt.
The magazine cover painting of the Nile at dusk with palm trees reflected
in the waters and four pyramids in the background, is framed by two
Egyptian pillars standing on scarab carvings. Running along the top
of the design are more pharonic symbols. The main colours of the cover
are shades of orange, blue and grey.
This is issue number 4375, vol. 162, pages 277-320,
measuring 37 x 27 cm and priced at one shilling.
Up to that point, the sarcophagus and coffin with the body of the King
had not been disclosed, but over the next few years those and other
finds were to be fully illustrated, often in the form of magnificent
coloured centre folds.
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