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Pharaoh's Flowers: The Botanical Treasures of Tutankhamun

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By: F Nigel Hepper(Author)

150 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Hardback | Apr 2009 | Edition: 2 | #181356 | ISBN-13: 9780981773636
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This is a print-on-demand title and the original colour illustrations now appear in black and white.

As the golden face of Tutankhamun was found garlanded with fresh flowers exquisitely preserved for 3,000 years, the plants of ancient Egypt are brought back to life in this botanical exploration of the Pharaoh's tomb. Usually ignored by grave robbers intent on gold, the baskets, fabrics, papyri, timber, unguent vases, and model granaries filled to the brim with seeds that were buried with Tutankhamun have survived, completely intact, and each chapter of Pharaoh's Flowers carries detailed descriptions of the plant species found or represented in the tomb, including emmer, fenugreek, chickpea, and types of reed and grass.

F. Nigel Hepper groups the plants according to their uses, with categories such as Flowers and Leaves; Oils, Resins, and Perfumes; and Papyrus, Flax, and Other Fibrous Plants. This new edition of the fascinating book that was first published in 1990 has been fully updated to take into account recent finds and interpretations, and it features a revised and annotated further reading section, now with a guide to websites; a glossary of botanical terms; a new diagram of the tomb; additional illustrations; and a Bible references section, keyed to the main text and with quotations from the Old Testament that illuminate ancient botanical knowledge and practices.

"By studying not only the floral wreaths on the coffins, but the linen gloves, the palm-leaf sandals, the bread, seeds, fruits, lamps, honey jars and decorative objects left to help the young king on his journey, Hepper builds a rich picture of how integral plants were to the life of Tutankhamun's people [...] Some of those actual leaves are now at Kew, whence comes this flower of a book."
- New Statesman


- Flowers and leaves
- oils, resins and perfumes
- papyrus, flax and other fibrous plants
- trees and wooden objects
- food and drink

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