Series TAA i.5A - Burton negatives - small glass plate

This photograph, taken on 29 October 1925 by Harry Burton, is the first showing Tutankhamun's famous gold mask, as found, placed over the head and upper chest of the King's wrapped body.

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TAA i.5A


Burton negatives - small glass plate


  • 1940-2000 (Creation)
  • 1922-1939 (Creation)

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6 filing cabinet drawers

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(23 April 1869 - 7 August 1949)

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Harry Burton's small glass plate negatives

Howard Carter's negatives

Later film negatives, made from original Burton photographs

  • Some are original Harry Burton negatives.
  • Carter's negatives are views of the area around the tomb entrance and the outer sealed doorway when the tomb was found in 1922 and before Burton joined the Tutankhamun excavation team in December 1922.
  • Glass and film negatives.
  • Approximately 1000 negatives (400 glass and 600 film)
  • Number ranges 1-2024 and i-xcvii
  • The negative number ranges comprise both the small and large negatives (large, see TAA i.5)
  • A few original negatives in this series were created by Howard Carter, see above.
  • Many of the negatives were made later in the Ashmolean Museum photographic studio from photographs supplied by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, following an exchange of images in the 1950s.
  • Includes modern film negatives made in the Ashmolean Museum photographic studio from the original Harry Burton photographic prints in the Tutankhamun Archive, Griffith Institute.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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  • Burton's negatives are approximately 11.9 x 16.3 cm
  • Carter's negatives are approximately 10.7 x 8.2 cm

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Archived scans in Griffith Institute.

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  • Comprehensive study of Harry Burton's photography for the Tutankhamun excavation, see Riggs, Christina 2019. Photographing Tutankhamun: archaeology, ancient Egypt, and the archive (OEB 263370).

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