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Title:
Eternal Egypt : masterworks of ancient art from the British Museum
Author:
James, T. G. H. (Thomas Garnet Henry)
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press ; New York : American Federation of Arts, 2001.
Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 31 cm
General Note:
Published in connection with a traveling exhibition held at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, and seven other institutions between Mar. 1, 2000 and Sept. 21, 2003.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781885444196

9780520230828

9780520230866
Format :
Book

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Central Library N5350 .E87 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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The catalog for the forthcoming British Museum exhibition, which will tour in the US.


Summary

This sumptuously illustrated book is a wonderful introduction to the enormous and varied legacy of ancient Egypt. Created to accompany one of the greatest loan exhibitions ever to have been mounted from the collections of the British Museum, Eternal Egypt illustrates the development and achievements of ancient Egyptian art over a period of more than 3,000 years. Almost all of the artifacts have been drawn from the Museum's permanent exhibitions; many are among the finest examples of their kind to have survived from antiquity. Handsomely produced, this book reveals these objects--including sculpture, relief, papyri, hieroglyphic writing, jewelry, painting, cosmetic objects, and items of funerary equipment--as a means of extraordinary artistic expression rather than simply as historical documents. The book and the exhibit, which will travel to eight U.S. cities over the course of three years, provide a remarkable opportunity to explore the creative genius of one of the world's most extraordinary civilizations.

Eternal Egypt features the unique and innovative aspects of art from each period, as well as characteristic styles, forms, and genres. Edna Russmann, one of the world's leading authorities on ancient Egyptian art and curator of the exhibition, offers a wide-ranging and authoritative introductory essay that covers archaism, portraiture, and stylistic innovation in Egyptian art. The text also relates the history of the British Museum collection of Egyptian antiquities, showing how these exquisite art works came together. Each piece in the exhibition is given a separate explanatory entry in the book. With its superb color photographs and accessible yet informative text, Eternal Egypt marks a substantial step forward in scholarly understanding of its subject, embodying the results of the very latest research and containing many new and original insights and observations. It will be a must read for anyone with a passion for ancient Egypt.

Published in association with the American Federation of Arts by arrangement with the British Museum Press


Author Notes

Edna R. Russmann is Curator of the Egyptian collections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and guest curator of the exhibition.


Reviews 4

Library Journal Review

When it comes to ancient Egyptian artifacts, the British Museum holds one of the best collections in the world. When remodeling necessitated removal of many objects from display, the concept of a traveling exhibit was born. The show, which opened in Toledo, OH, in March, will be on display in different locations in the United States until the beginning of January 2004. Over 144 pieces are included, many of which are from the Study Collection, not usually on public view. Russmann (Egyptian collections, Brooklyn Museum of Art) has put together a marvelous exhibition and gathered exceptional scholars to join her in writing on their areas of specialization. The result is this excellent catalog, full of clear illustrations of both delightful tidbits and impressive masterworks. Easy to use and fun to read, this is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Perhaps as enduring as ancient Egypt itself is the continued fascination the modern world has for the history of this land. Interest and knowledge of the culture of ancient Egypt has long been nourished by the superb collections of Egyptian materials held by the British Museum. Prepared to accompany a touring exhibition of 144 pieces from the museum's collections, this handsomely illustrated work demonstrates the talent and genius of the Egyptians in diverse areas. Examples of their sculpture, papyri, ostraca, jewelry, cosmetic objects, and, of course, funerary objects contribute to an understanding of the manner in which they lived their daily lives, served their kings, and honored their gods. Each of these carefully selected pieces is presented with both finely composed photographs and a succinct but thorough discussion of the item's significance for Egyptian society. The catalog is complemented by essays providing a historical overview of Egyptian art, a discussion of the primary themes in Egyptian art, and a review of the formation and growth of the Egyptian collections of the British Museum. Individuals interested in the rise of Egyptology will find particularly valuable the superb review of the evolution of the museum's Egyptian holdings. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. P. D. Thomas Wichita State University


Library Journal Review

When it comes to ancient Egyptian artifacts, the British Museum holds one of the best collections in the world. When remodeling necessitated removal of many objects from display, the concept of a traveling exhibit was born. The show, which opened in Toledo, OH, in March, will be on display in different locations in the United States until the beginning of January 2004. Over 144 pieces are included, many of which are from the Study Collection, not usually on public view. Russmann (Egyptian collections, Brooklyn Museum of Art) has put together a marvelous exhibition and gathered exceptional scholars to join her in writing on their areas of specialization. The result is this excellent catalog, full of clear illustrations of both delightful tidbits and impressive masterworks. Easy to use and fun to read, this is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Perhaps as enduring as ancient Egypt itself is the continued fascination the modern world has for the history of this land. Interest and knowledge of the culture of ancient Egypt has long been nourished by the superb collections of Egyptian materials held by the British Museum. Prepared to accompany a touring exhibition of 144 pieces from the museum's collections, this handsomely illustrated work demonstrates the talent and genius of the Egyptians in diverse areas. Examples of their sculpture, papyri, ostraca, jewelry, cosmetic objects, and, of course, funerary objects contribute to an understanding of the manner in which they lived their daily lives, served their kings, and honored their gods. Each of these carefully selected pieces is presented with both finely composed photographs and a succinct but thorough discussion of the item's significance for Egyptian society. The catalog is complemented by essays providing a historical overview of Egyptian art, a discussion of the primary themes in Egyptian art, and a review of the formation and growth of the Egyptian collections of the British Museum. Individuals interested in the rise of Egyptology will find particularly valuable the superb review of the evolution of the museum's Egyptian holdings. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. P. D. Thomas Wichita State University


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