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"Discovering Tutankhamun"--four figures (Lady Evelyn Herbert, Howard Carter, Dr. Selim Hassan, & Lord Carnarvon)
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Item Number: AE086

"Discovering Tutankhamun"

The tomb of the boy King Tutankhamun is possibly the most famous because of its well-known discovery by the British archaeologist, Howard Carter.  The tomb was doubly important because it let archaeologists record what an Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb actually looked like, thus allowing them to learn much more about Ancient Egypt.  Unlike earlier tombs belonging to other pharaohs, Carter’s discovery had not been vandalized and looted by grave robbers and private collectors.  This meant the tomb’s vast hoard of artifacts and treasure, intended to accompany the young king into the afterlife, revealed an astounding amount of detail about his all-too short life and the society he lived in.

Tutankhamun ruled Egypt for just 10 years until his death at the age of 19, about 1324 B.C.E.  He remained barely known to the modern world until 1922, when Howard Carter chiseled his way through a doorway and entered the royal tomb, which had remained intact for over 3,200 years!

This coming year marks the centenary of the tomb’s discovery and introduces another chapter in King & Country’s ‘Ancient Egypt’ series…

This unique little set of four figures depicts four of the people very much associated with the discovery of the boy pharaoh’s tomb.

Howard Carter (1874-1939) became world-famous after discovering the virtually intact tomb of 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Tutankhamun.  Carter had been exploring several areas in Egypt seeking the tombs and other burial sites of Ancient Egypt’s nobles and high court officials before beginning work at the behest of his patron, Lord Carnarvon, in the Valley of the Kings in 1914 to search for the tomb of Tutankhamun.  The outbreak of World War One in that same year brought work to a temporary halt while Carter undertook other duties on behalf of the British Government.

In late 1917, he was allowed to return to his excavations.  It was, however, to take five long years until his efforts began to yield results.  Throughout this time, his work was sponsored by his patron, Lord Carnarvon (1866-1923).

George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon was an English Lord and wealthy aristocrat with a passion for all things ‘Ancient Egyptian’.  After his doctors advised that he ‘winter’ outside England, he sailed for Egypt to enjoy the warm weather and become an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist collecting all kinds of Egyptian antiques and relics.  It was in Cairo that he first met Howard Carter who convinced the wealthy peer to fund his search for the elusive tomb.  After many years and much expense, the noble Lord was just about ready to withdraw his financial support when Carter telegraphed the exciting news of his biggest discovery yet...

Lord Carnarvon meanwhile had been visiting Monte Carlo and rushed by boat to Alexandria and then by train to Cairo to see for himself exactly what Carter had uncovered.  Travelling with him was his daughter, Lady Evelyn Herbert (1901-1980).  Rushing with her father to the site of the newly-discovered tomb, Lady Evelyn was only the third person in modern times to enter the burial chamber of Tutankhamun after Carter and Carnarvon.  Fifty years after the great event, Lady Evelyn attended the opening of the ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ exhibition at the British Museum in London where she was presented to the Queen.

Accompanying the three British figures is the single Egyptian figure of famed Egyptologist, Dr. Selim Hassan (1886-1961) dressed in traditional Egyptian garb.  He also took part in several other major excavation works at other ancient Egyptian burial sites and eventually became the senior Professor of Egyptology at Cairo University.

This particular set will be joined with other figures closely associated with the search for the tomb in the coming months.

To enhance the display of any our Ancient Egypt series, especially these two ‘Tutankhamun’ sets, King & Country has produced a unique and useful, full-colour ‘backdrop’ accessory piece… FREE-OF-CHARGE!  Depicting scenes from life in the time of the Pharohs, the full colour card can be folded neatly into a rectangular, open box-shape that represents a typical burial chamber of that era.  Any of our Ancient Egyptian figures, but especially the two sets depicting the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, will work in this attractive setting.  Adding some of our sturdy Egyptian Stone Blocks AE078 makes the scene even better!  So, remember each of these two ‘Tutankhamun’ sets will be accompanied by one of these special ‘Tomb Backdrops’… with our compliments!


released in DECEMBER 2021.