Lot 8069: Significant handwritten notes in pencil, unsigned, one page, 4.75 x 8, no date. Carter writes the measurements of the four shrines of the tomb of Tutankhamun. In full: "Base measurements of:—First (Outermost Shrine) (No. 207) L. 525 W. 340 H.; Second Shrine (No. 237), L. 382 W. 255 H.; Third Shrine (No. 238), L. 342 W. 209 H.; Fourth (Innermost) Shrine (No. 239) L. 292 W. 163 H.; Inside measurement L. 280 W. 151 See Sarcophagus; Sarcophagus 274 147.5= Max of cornice." A few numbers have been rubbed out and changed, and a few mathematical sums appear to the top and reverse side. In fine condition.After discovering King Tut's tomb on November 4, 1922, Carter's excavation continued throughout the next decade until 1932. They did not initially realize the expanse of the tomb, spending considerable time cataloging the antechamber before breaking through the wall to find the burial chamber. Carter opened the sealed doorway on February 16, 1923, catching his first glimpse of the outermost shrine. King Tut's actual sarcophagus was contained within four outer shrines, the largest of which filled virtually the entire room. An incredible piece detailing the multilayered afterlife vessel that held the legendary boy king's mummy for over three thousand years. Provenance: family of Howard Carter.
RR Auction's Remarkable Rarities Auction 461
Monday, 28th September 2015
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