Item TAA ii.6.78 - Transporting boxes containing preserved meat

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TAA ii.6.78


Transporting boxes containing preserved meat


  • 1923 (Creation)

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1 postcard

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(23 April 1869 - 7 August 1949)

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Formerly with an online postcard dealer in the U.S.A. in August 2023.

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The Griffith Institute purchased the postcard in August 2023.

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  • Postcard
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  • The photograph was probably taken in early 1923; the postcard's production date is unknown, but it was almost certainly in the 1920s.
  • Egyptian excavation team members transport some of Tutankhamun's food provisions from the King's tomb to the nearby 'Laboratory' set up in the tomb of King Sethos II (KV15) in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Forty-eight boxes (Carter 62) containing choice cuts of meat and whole geese were prepared to accompany the King's burial and were placed in a neat pile beneath one of the ceremonial couches in the Antechamber. They were some of the first items Howard Carter saw when he looked into the tomb for the first time on 26th November 1922, recording them as "a heap of large curious white oviform boxes".

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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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Archived scan in Griffith Institute.

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  • Acquired with TAA ii.6.72-7, 79-87 (postcards from the same series).

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