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High Quality Giclée Print with mount, made exclusively by the Bodleian Libraries Imaging Studio. 

Photograph of an Egyptian boy wearing a heavy jewelled pectoral. Photograph by Harry Burton, late 1926 to early 1927. Burton P1189 © Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

In this photograph and unnamed Egyptian boy wears a heavy jewelled necklace from a casket in the Treasury. Decades later, Hussain Abd el-Rassul of Gurna identified himself as the boy, any many stories have gathered around this evocative and moving image. When it was first published in The Illustrated London News in April 1927, the photograph was described as having been taken simply ‘to show the method of suspension’, but the boy’s expression suggests a more complex human response and awareness of the weight of ancient history on his shoulders. Here ancient and modern Egypt are seen together, the worlds of the living and the dead touching each other.  

It was taken by the renowned archaeological photographer Harry Burton, who was a staff member of the Metropolitan Museum Egyptian Expedition, took a series of photographs, documenting every stage in the process of the excavation.

With it's mount this print will fit a standard A3 frame, which are available from the Bodleian Shop.  

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