New Royal Mail stamps mark 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb
A new set of stamps is being issued by the Royal Mail to mark 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
The main set of eight stamps include a selection of some of the most significant and well-preserved items, including fans which provided cool air and shade, the mask of Tutankhamun and a falcon pendant.
The ‘gold throne’, referred to as perhaps the most important item among the entire contents of the tomb, is also featured.
The artefacts, from the Grand Egyptian Museum, were photographed by renowned professional photographer of art and architecture, Araldo De Luca.
A miniature sheet contains an additional four stamps which capture the discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb through a selection of photographs taken by Harry Burton – a pioneer of archaeological photography.
Royal Mail worked with Egyptological experts at the Griffith Institute – the centre for Egyptology at the University of Oxford – on the stamp issue.
David Gold, Royal Mail’s Director of External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said: “The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter has inspired generations of people around the world.
“It has shaped historians’ understanding of the religion, rituals and culture of ancient Egypt to this day. We are delighted to have this opportunity to mark the centenary of that moment in these beautiful stamps.”Published: by Radio NewsHub