The Young Pharaoh

January 6, 2010

Young Pharoah

The Young Pharaoh

(Colored Pencil on White Bristle Board)

In 1922, Archeologist Howard Carter discovered the treasures of  Egyptian Pharaoh King Tutankhamen.  Carter unlocked the secret revealing the breathtaking world of golden shrines and priceless artifacts untouched by man for nearly 3,300 years.  His ultimate find awaited him at the end of his journey when he uncovered the magnificent solid gold and bejeweled death mask of the young Pharaoh.  Few kings in the history of the world, however rich beyond imagination, ever possessed such a wonderful treasure. Edward has captured the glorious color and intricate detail of this stunning mask through the medium of colored pencil.  He combines the techniques of the Old Masters with this modern medium to create striking results.

The above text is an excerpt from a brochure that was created to help market 22”x30” limited edition prints of this remarkable drawing.

Always fascinated with the ornate image of the young Tutankhamen’s golden death mask, Ed originally created an impressive drawing that detailed the face (below).

He gave that drawing to his brother Steve.

Later, while dating his future wife, Jean, Ed told her about the drawing and she was very intrigued.   “I tell you what,” Ed said, “I’ll draw you one.”   He then set out to create a new drawing that would detail the entire mask.   The result is the above work of art.


Young Pharaoh - Original

The Original “Young Pharaoh

(Colored Pencil on White Paper)



© Edward R. Prather.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Edward R. Prather is strictly prohibited.  Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Edward R. Prather with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


7 Responses to “The Young Pharaoh”

  1. Bar Farmer Says:

    What fabulously grand and wonderful artwork
    Ed !!!!!
    Such talent you have been gifted with Ed…
    Barbara Farmer

  2. Monica Miller Says:

    I thought I was looking at a photograph-these are so amazingly life-like!

  3. Laura Cummings Says:

    Incredible! I thought it was a painting as well! You have been truly gifted Ed! Amazing talent!

  4. Ben Wooden Says:

    Your pictures are great!

  5. ann marie Cosgrove Says:

    I have this piece of art in my livingroom! I won it at the dinner/fundraiser for Gianna Homes. I love it. It is more than a pencil drawing. The detail to the lighting and shading makes it come alive!

    Ed thank you so much for accepting and using the gift God gave you to share will all of us. This piece is truly a masterpiece.

    Ann Marie Cosgrove.

  6. Larry Granbois Says:

    I have seen many beautiful works of art but gosh almighty this is amazing! It’s like I am looking at and touch the real Mask! Very, very beautiful Ed!

  7. Brittany Says:

    I recognize this picture. 🙂 One of my favorites!
    Ed–thank you for the message. It is great to get mail (that hardly ever happens)! I didn’t know you spent 5 weeks in Europe. That’s a long time…it is crazy to think that you and Steve stood at a lot of the same places over 30 years ago as Lee and I did on our trip!

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