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Discovering Tutankhamun in colour

Harry Burton's photographs taken during the excavation of the Tomb of Tutankhamun reconstructed in colour by Dynamichrome

Harry Burton's photographs capturing Tutankhamun's tomb at the moment of its discovery have enthralled the world for generations, enabling the viewer to witness the 'Wonderful Things' the discoverers of the tomb, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, were fortunate to experience first-hand. Burton's iconic black & white photographs have illustrated the imagination of millions for almost a century, and now a selection of the original negatives and photographs, housed in the archive of the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, has been digitally colourised by Dynamichrome on behalf of SC Exhibitions and the Griffith Institute. All of these images will be featured in the exhibition 'The Discovery of King Tut', opening in New York on the 21st November 2015.

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December 1922, Tutankhamun's Tomb | View of the northern wall of the Antechamber showing the sentinel statues (Carter nos. 22 & 29) guarding the sealed doorway leading to the King's Burial Chamber | Burton photograph 0007 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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December 1922, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Objects, including the cow-headed couch (Carter no. 73) and boxes containing joints of meat (Carter nos. 62a to 62vv) piled up against the west wall of the Antechamber. | Burton photograph 0009 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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December 1922, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Sealed alabaster 'unguent' vases (Carter nos. 57, 58, 60 and 61) between the cow-headed (Carter no. 73) and lion (Carter no. 35) couches against the west wall of the Antechamber. | Burton photograph 0010 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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December 1922, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Disassembled chariots and the 'Toeris' (Ammut) (Carter no. 137) and cow-headed couches (Carter no. 73) at the southern end of the Antechamber. | Burton photograph 0012 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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December 1922, Tutankhamun's Tomb | The rectangular white box (Carter no. 50), in front of the lion couch (Carter no. 35) in the Antechamber, contained, amongst other items, linen garments (shirts, shawls and loin cloths), 18 sticks, 69 arrows and a trumpet. | Burton photograph 0019 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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December 1922, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Objects stacked under the lion couch (Carter no. 35) against the west wall of the Antechamber included an ivory and ebony chest (Carter no. 32), black 'shrine-shaped boxes' (Carter nos. 37 and 38) and a child's chair made of ebony (Carter no. 39). | Burton photograph 0020 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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16th February 1923, Tutankhamun's Tomb | One of only two images showing Howard Carter (on the left) and Lord Carnarvon together in the tomb; they stand in the partially dismantled doorway (Carter no. 28) between the Antechamber and the Burial Chamber. Lord Carnarvon died less than two months after this photograph was taken. | Burton photograph 0291 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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29th November 1923, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Howard Carter (on the left) working with his friend and colleague Arthur Callender on wrapping one of two sentinel statues of Tutankhamun (Carter no. 22) found in the Antechamber, before their removal to the 'laboratory' set up in the tomb of Sethos II (KV 15). These statues had been placed either side of the sealed entrance to the Burial Chamber. | Burton photograph 0491 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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January 1924, Sethos II's Tomb ('laboratory') | Arthur Mace (standing) and Alfred Lucas (sitting) working inside the makeshift 'laboratory' (set up in KV 15, the tomb of Sethos II) on the conservation of one of the two sentinel statues from the Antechamber (Carter no. 22). The statue shows the King wearing the nemes headdress, kilt and sandals, and carrying a mace and a staff. | Burton photograph 0493 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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2nd December 1923, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Howard Carter (at the top of the stairs), Arthur Callender and Egyptian workmen removing the wall between the Antechamber and the Burial Chamber to enable the dismantling of the four golden shrines enclosing the sarcophagus. | Burton photograph 0509 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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November/December 1923, Sethos II's Tomb ('laboratory') | Arthur Mace (left) and Alfred Lucas working outside the 'laboratory' set up in the tomb of Sethos II (KV 15), stabilizing the surface of one of the state chariots (Carter no. 120) found in the Antechamber. | Burton photograph 0517 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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December 1923, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Howard Carter (centre), Arthur Callender and two Egyptian workmen lifting one roof section from the first, outermost shrine (Carter no. 207). With its double sloping roof, the shape of this shrine resembles that of a 'sed festival pavilion'; it was made of from twenty separate oak sections, held together by a variety of different joints. | Burton photograph 0605 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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December 1923, Tutankhamun's Tomb | The linen pall, decorated with bronze 'rosettes' (Carter no. 209) inside the walls of the first (outermost) golden shrine (Carter no. 207) in the north west corner of the Burial Chamber. | Burton photograph 0616 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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30th December 1923, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Howard Carter (left), Arthur Mace and an Egyptian workman standing on scaffolding, roll back the linen pall (Carter no. 209) which lay over a gilded, wooden frame (Carter no. 208) between the first (outermost) and second shrines. | Burton photograph 0619 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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4th January 1923, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Howard Carter (kneeling), Arthur Callender and an Egyptian workman in the Burial Chamber, looking through the open doors of the four gilded shrines towards the quartzite sarcophagus. | Burton photograph 0643 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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October 1925, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Howard Carter working on the lid of the second (middle) coffin, still nestled within the case of the first (outermost) coffin in the Burial Chamber. | Burton photograph 0720-2 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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29th/30th October 1925, Tutankhamun's Tomb | The gold mask (Carter no. 256a) in situ on the mummy of the King, still inside the third (innermost) solid gold coffin (Carter no. 255). | Burton photograph 0744 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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29th/30th October 1925, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Carter and an Egyptian workman examine the third (innermost) coffin (Carter no. 255) made of solid gold, inside the case of the second coffin. (Carter no. 254). | Burton photograph 0770 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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October 1926, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Three wooden chests (the middle one in the shape of a cartouche) on the floor of the Treasury (Carter nos. 267, 269 and 270). Amongst other items these contained earrings, sandals and a wax model of a heron. | Burton photograph 1091 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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November 1926, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Objects, including numerous model boats (Carter nos. 284 to 287), stacked against the southern wall of the Treasury. | Burton photograph 1097b © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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October 1926, Tutankhamun's Tomb | The Anubis shrine (Carter no. 261) on the threshold of the Treasury viewed from the Burial Chamber. The figure of Anubis was covered with a linen shirt inscribed with the cartouche of Akhenaten. | Burton photograph 1169 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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Winter 1926, Tutankhamun's Tomb | Statuettes of Geb (Carter no. 299), Sakhmet (no. 300), Kebehsenuf and Duamutef (no. 304) from inside black, wooden shrines found against the eastern wall of the Treasury. | Burton photograph 1665 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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October 1926, Tutankhamun's Tomb | A line of chests down the centre of the Treasury, ending with the canopic chest (Carter no. 266) which housed the king's linen-wrapped stomach, intestines, liver and lungs in miniature gold coffins, inside an alabaster canopic box. | Burton photograph 1961© Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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Herbert George Edward Stanhope Molyneux, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, reading on the verandah of 'Castle Carter', Carter's house at Elwat el-Dibbân on the Theban West Bank. | Burton photograph kv93 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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1923, Thebes | Tourists crowd around the entrance to the tomb to watch a large object, possibly a couch from the Antechamber, being removed from Tutankhamun's tomb, on its way to the workroom (tomb KV 15, of Sethos II). | Photograph TAA ii.4.10 (photographer not known) © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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1923, Thebes, | Howard Carter accompanies the wooden portrait figure of Tutankhamun (the so-called mannequin, Carter no. 116, of uncertain purpose) on its way to the workroom (tomb KV 15, of Sethos II). Sitting on the wall on the left is Lord Carnarvon; behind him walks Arthur Weigall, a former Antiquities Service Inspector. | Photograph TAA ii.4.38 (photographer not known) © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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1923, Thebes | Howard Carter escorting an ornamental gilt and inlaid casket (no. 44) to the workroom (tomb KV 15, of Sethos II). Carter thought the contents of this box had been 'gathered hastily together after the robbery was discovered and thrown carelessly into the box'. They included pieces of gold openwork, two adzes, a glove, a faience collar and a leopard skin robe. | Photograph TAA.ii.6.17 (photographer not known) © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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1923, Thebes | Howard Carter (on the left) accompanies the body of one of Tutankhamun's chariots (no. 122) to the workroom (KV 15, of Sethos II). Made of wood, with rawhide tyres, this chariot was highly decorated with gold, coloured glass and stone inlay, and probably used on ceremonial occasions. | Photograph TAA ii.6.20 (photographer not known) © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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1923, Thebes | Objects from the tomb were packed into wooden crates and transported from the workroom (tomb KV 15, of Sethos II) to the banks of the Nile for transportation to Cairo by boat. Although a relatively short distance from the laboratory to the river, the journey by hand-pushed Decauville railway cars took 15 hours. | Photograph TAA ii.6.28 (photographer not known) © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome

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1923, Thebes | Standing outside tomb KV 6, of Ramesses IX, are (left to right) Arthur Callender, Arthur Mace, Harry Burton, Howard Carter, Alan Gardiner and Alfred Lucas. | Photograph TAA.ii.6.59 (photographer not known) © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, colourised by Dynamichrome