VALLEY OF THE KINGS
In 1819, prolific Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, published his travels and discoveries of royal tombs at Thebes (Valley of the Kings) entitled, Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia. The book detailed Belzoni's incredible findings and immaculate excavations from several prominent tombs, including the head and upper body of Ramesses II, one of the most celebrated and powerful pharaohs of the Egyptian empire. The statue remains on display today at the British Museum in London.
The featured illustrations comprising this exhibition are curated from Belzoni's 1820 addendum to his original discoveries, and tell a historically significant story from the Tomb of Psammuthis in Thebes, an Egyptian Pharaoh during 393 BC. The images offer a glimpse into the symbolism and care that went into the construction of ancient tombs, significant in both the value placed on Egyptian dynasty leaders and the comfort sought through the tombs role in immortality.