Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 12 okt. 2015 - 400 pagina's

†The Middle Kingdom (ca. 2030–1650 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 Egypt’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 works— including sculpture, relief decoration, stelae, jewelry, coffins, funerary objects, and personal possessions from the world’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 Egypt’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 Egypt’s expanding relations with foreign lands and the themes of Middle Kingdom literature. The era’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.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

What Was the Middle Kingdom?
1
Building for Eternity across Egypt
10
Encountering the Divine
17
The Complexity of Creation
23
An Appeal to the Living
33
Establishing a New Capital
54
Power and Performance
68
Ladies of the Two Lands
92
Catalogue Entries 189204 254
270
Catalogue Entries 205220 276
294
Catalogue Entries 221 222
300
An Overview
306
Elephantine Thebes East Bank Karnak and Luxor
315
Objects of Known Provenance
326
Bibliography
337
Index
368

Court and Provinces
120
A Journey between Worlds
218
Catalogue Entries 159188 222
250

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Over de auteur (2015)

Adela Oppenheim is curator, Dorothea Arnold is curator emerita, Dieter Arnold is curator, and Kei Yamamoto is research associate, all in the Department of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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