Ancient Egypt Transformed

Ancient Egypt Transformed

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The Middle Kingdom (ca. 2030a€“1650 B.C.) was a transformational period in ancient Egypt, during which older artistic conventions, cultural principles, religious beliefs, and political systems were revived and reimagined. Ancient Egypt Transformed presents a comprehensive picture of the art of the Middle Kingdom, arguably the least known of Egypta€™s three kingdoms and yet one that saw the creation of powerful, compelling works rendered with great subtlety and sensitivity. The book brings together nearly 300 diverse worksa€” including sculpture, relief decoration, stelae, jewelry, coffins, funerary objects, and personal possessions from the worlda€™s leading collections of Egyptian art. Essays on architecture, statuary, tomb and temple relief decoration, and stele explore how Middle Kingdom artists adapted forms and iconography of the Old Kingdom, using existing conventions to create strikingly original works. Twelve lavishly illustrated chapters, each with a scholarly essay and entries on related objects, begin with discussions of the distinctive art that arose in the south during the early Middle Kingdom, the artistic developments that followed the return to Egypta€™s traditional capital in the north, and the renewed construction of pyramid complexes. Thematic chapters devoted to the pharaoh, royal women, the court, and the vital role of family explore art created for different strata of Egyptian society, while others provide insight into Egypta€™s expanding relations with foreign lands and the themes of Middle Kingdom literature. The eraa€™s religious beliefs and practices, such as the pilgrimage to Abydos, are revealed through magnificent objects created for tombs, chapels, and temples. Finally, the book discusses Middle Kingdom archaeological sites, including excavations undertaken by the Metropolitan Museum over a number of decades. Written by an international team of respected Egyptologists and Middle Kingdom specialists, the text provides recent scholarship and fresh insights, making the book an authoritative resource.15 (erroneously dated Amenemhat III; the photograph shows only a portion of the work); Manniche 2004, p. ... The camera was set for ISO 200, manual exposure, f3.5, for 30 seconds. ... 15a€“20, 30a€“31a, who suggests this is an ancient repair. ... 1878a€“1840 B.C.) Model constructed by Ronald Street, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014a€“15 The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art hasanbsp;...

Title:Ancient Egypt Transformed
Author:Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, Kei Yamamoto
Publisher:Metropolitan Museum of Art - 2015-10-12


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