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Searching for Ancient Egypt



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This volume documents and illustrates a collection of archaeological and artistic treasures covering the range of Egyptian art - from Old Kingdom works of the third millenium BC to works of the Greco-Roman period ending in AD300. The collection of objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology range from architectural elements of a royal palace and funerary chapel to delicate jewellery and fine textiles. In his introductory essay, David Silverman documents the major expeditions conducted throughout Egypt and in Nubia and summarizes the new information gleaned about ancient Egyptian civilization. Donald Redford (of the University of Toronto), then defines a historical context for the objects illustrated. Chapters on art, architectural monuments and artefacts each begin with an essay by an expert in the field, explaining the historical and sociological context for the objects shown. Contributors include: Edward Brovarski and Rita Freed, both of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; Arielle Kozloff from the Cleveland Museum of Art; David O'Connor of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; Edna R. Russman of the Brooklyn Museum of Art; David Silverman and Josef W. Wegner of the University of Pennsylvania; and William Kelly Simpson of Yale University. The architectural monuments shown include the Old Kingdom tomb chapel of Kapure - which encompasses 30 individual blocks with painted relief scenes illustrating the funerary ceremonies and a monumental false door - elements from a Ramesside palace and tomb, and reliefs from New Kingdom and later temples. A final chapter focuses on artefacts of daily life - jewellery, vessels, mirrors and amulets - and artefacts of the afterlife. The collection constitutes a travelling exhibition organized by the Dallas Museum of Art for September 1997.
Release date NZ
November 20th, 1997
Edited by David P. Silverman
Country of Publication
United States
125pp colour illustrations
Cornell University Press
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