Outermost Coffin Photo by Harry Burton, spring 1926, (English, 1879–1940).
The most haunting image of Burton's entire Tutankhamun portfolio is
this detail of the king's outer coffin. Burton's unusual cropping, which
isolates the golden vulture and cobra goddesses of Upper and Lower
Egypt and the astonishingly lifelike eyes of the pharaoh, creates a
dynamic tension that pulls one's focus back and forth between
Tutankhamun's divine and mortal personas.
Made of cornflowers clasped in olive leaves that were wrapped around a
core of papyrus pith, the wreath—a last gift to the young pharaoh—was
extremely fragile after more than 3,000 years and fell to pieces when
Brucciani & Co, Fig Leaf for David, 1857. Cast. England.
This fig-leaf was hung on the statue of David on the occasion of visits
by royal ladies. It was last used in the time of Queen Mary (1867-1953).
On her first encounter Queen Victoria was so shocked by his nudity that
a firm suggestion was made that something has to be done. Consequently,
the correctly proportioned fig leaf was created and stored in readiness
for any visit the Queen might make, for which occasions it was hung on
the figure from two strategically implanted hooks.