To Live Forever

- Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum

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To Live Forever
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
01-06-2008
Sprog:
Engelsk
Sidetal:
152
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130 colour and 12 mono illustrations 32,000 words, including Foreword, Chronology, To Live Forever: Egyptian Funerary Beliefs and Practices by Edward Bleiberg, How Much did a Coffin Cost? The Social and Economic Aspects of Egyptian Funerary Arts by Kathlyn M. Cooney, Further Reading, Index Students of ancient and classical history, all those with an interest in Egyptology and archaeology, Egyptian social and art history Publication accompanies a major national touring exhibition beginning July 2008 through 2011. Venues include Indianapolis Museum of Art (July- September 2008), the John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota,Florida, the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida, and the Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, with dates and additional venues to be announced. Presents over 120 colour photographs of beautiful objects from the Brooklyn Museum's world-renowned Egyptian collection, including the famous Bird Lady one of the oldest preserved statues from all Egyptian history. Offers a new look at a perennially fascinating topic by considering all economic and social ranks of Egyptian society Life after death was a primary cultural belief through thousands of years of Egyptian history. The ancient Egyptians regarded death as an enemy that could be defeated through proper preparation. This brand new book, and its accompanying travelling exhibition, To Live Forever, draws on important ancientEgyptian monuments from the superb collection of the Brooklyn Museum to illustrate Egyptian strategies for defeating death and living forever. The book answers the questions at the core of the public's fascination with ancient Egypt, and explains the Egyptians' beliefs about death and the afterlife, the process of mummification, the conduct of a funeral, and the different types of tombs. At the same time, curator Edward Bleiberg offers a fresh take on the subject by addressing the practical, economic considerations an ancient Egyptian faced when preparing for the next life. Dr. Bleiberg deals with the afterlife preparations not only of kings and nobles, but also of the middle class and the poor. Not all ranks of society had access to the elaborate funeral preparations made for a king. Poorer people could use painted wood or clay coffins as substitutes for the hard stone and gold sarcophagi of kings. Expensive granite vessels, the property of the rich, could be cheaply reproduced in clay and painted to imitate stone for someone of more modest means. In keeping with the book's special focus on the practicalities of afterlife preparation, Kathlyn M. Cooney breaks new ground in her essay, entitled How Much Did a Coffin Cost?, by addressing such pragmatic questions as the price of a coffin in relation to average salaries, and how the costs of different colours of paint affected decisions about coffin decoration. Drawing on original research using documents from the artist settlement at Deir el-Medina, Dr. Cooney discusses how Egyptians chose the objects for their tombs, how much the items cost, how they were paid for, and how the high-priced burial-goods market affected Egyptian society. She shows the ancient Egyptians as ordinary people with problems and desires often similar to those of people today. To Live Forever presents over 120 colour photographs of beautiful objects from the Brooklyn Museum's world-renowned Egyptian collection. Among the works are acknowledged masterpieces of the stone sculptor's art, along with the renowned Bird Lady one of the oldest preserved statues from all Egyptian history. With its illuminating visual comparisons across different economic levels, this book adds a new dimension to our experience of ancient Egypt. Edward Bleiberg has been a curator of Egyptian art at the Brooklyn Museum since 1998. He was formerly the Director of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis from 1989 to 1998. He has curated the exhibitions Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt: A Family Archive from the Nile Valley; Tree of Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire; and Pharaohs, Queens, and Goddesses. He is the author of The Official Gift in Ancient Egypt (1996), Ancient Egypt, 2615-332 B.C.E. (2001), Arts and Humanities through the Eras: Ancient Egypt (2004), and the catalogues accompanying Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt, and Tree of Paradise. Kathlyn Cooney is Research Associate at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She has taught at Stanford, UCLA, and Howard University. She was co-curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs in 2005. In 2002, she was Kress fellow at the National Gallery of Art, where she was involved with the installation of the Cairo Museum exhibition Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt. Her first book, The Cost of Death: The Social and Economic Value of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Ramesside Period, was published in 2007.

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Udgivelsesdato:
01-06-2008
ISBN13:
9781904832522
Vægt:
953 g
Dybde:
20 mm
Bredde:
216 mm
Højde:
279 mm
Forlag:
D Giles Ltd
Format:
Hardback
Forfattere
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse Tables, black and white; Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white

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