History : Mar-Apr 2018
BPK/SCALA, FLORENCE CARTER RECORDED his astonishment at his first glimpse of the antechamber on November 26, 1922: “It was a sight surpassing all precedent, and one we never dreamed of seeing.” On enter- ing the room the next day with an Egyptian civil servant, Carter discovered another chamber alongside. Used as a kind of store- room, this chamber was dubbed the “Annex” by Carter’s team. Tidying Up The Long Game Above, a set of senet, a board game, was one of four left in the tomb so the king could continue playing in the afterlife. The craftsmanship of these and other items such as a stool (left) made a deep impact on Carter. “We were astonished by the beauty and refinement [of these objects] . . . surpassing all we could have imagined.” HOWARD CARTER AND HIS TEAM WRAP ONE OF THE ANTECHAMBER’S TWO SENTINEL STATUES BEFORE MOVING THEM TO THE LABORATORY. THE ANTECHAMBER AND ANNEX “a sight surpassing all precedent” Antechamber Annex FERNANDOAZNAR A BRIDGEMAN/ACIAKG/ALBUM B S. VANNINI/GETTY IMAGES S. VANNINI/GETTY IMAGES GOLDEN GUARD FOUND IN THE ANTECHAMBER, ONE OF TWO THAT GUARDED THE ENTRANCE TO THE FUNERARY CHAMBER The funerary objects in the A ANTECHAMBER had been partly looted by thieves in ancient times. There was a vast number of different items, all jumbled up together, including life-size figures, golden beds, alabaster cups, disassembled chariots, and a richly decorated throne. Looters had also been through the B ANNEX, Carter quickly discovered. This chamber was full of ushabti (funerary figurines), furniture, receptacles, and other items. Carter made an inventory of the hundreds of objects in the rooms, giving each of them a number.