This is an original 1903 halftone print set (two single-sided pages, one measuring at 3.25" by 2.5", and the other at 4.75" by 2.75") of a traditional Chaldaean tomb. Due to the unique terrain around the plains of the Euphrates, it was impractical to produce such structures as pyramids, mastabs, or rock-cut tombs. The alluvial Chaldaean soil was not condusive to preserving bodies, but rather decomposing them. As a result, tombs such as this one were the most suitable resting-places. Inside, the corpse would rest its head upon a flat brick, with one arm outstretched to a nearby vase. Other receptacles containing food and drink were also common, as seen in the additional image.
This item is from a limited edition collection of important historical prints of Ancient Egypt produced in 1903. The edition size produced at that time was out of 1,000 and this collection of prints was numbered 763. The edition and number are not present on the individual item but rather was provided for the collection as a whole.
This 108+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the verso.
Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
Dimensions: Approximately 3.25 x 2.5 inches; 8 x 6 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Keywords specific to this image: ritual, funerary, death, skeleton, remains, archeology