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Sir John Soane's Greatest Treasure

The Sarcophagus of Seti I

By (author) John H. Taylor
Appendix by Helen Dorey
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Pimpernel Press Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 5th Oct 2017
Dimensions: w 193mm h 216mm d 10mm
Weight: 365g
ISBN-10: 1910258873
ISBN-13: 9781910258873
Barcode No: 9781910258873
Synopsis
Sir John Soane's Greatest Treasure describes one of the most important antiquities ever found in Egypt - the beautiful calcite sarcophagus of the pharaoh Seti I. Re-discovered in 1817 in the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings by the flamboyant explorer Giovanni Belzoni, the sarcophagus now resides in Sir John Soane's Museum in London's Lincoln's Inn Fields. Leading Egyptologist John H. Taylor outlines the life of Seti I, the background to the creation of the sarcophagus, the excitement surrounding its re-discovery and the fascinating story of its journey to London and its acquisition by Sir John Soane. At the heart of the book is a fully illustrated interpretation of the complex imagery and hieroglyphic inscriptions which cover the delicately carved surfaces of the sarcophagus. The book also includes an essay by Helen Dorey on the celebrations held at the Museum to welcome the arrival of the sarcophagus of Seti I in 1825. Sir John Soane's Greatest Treasure is published to mark the 200th anniversary of the re-discovery of the sarcophagus in 1817, and to accompany a major exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, opening in October 2017.

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