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Visions of Egypt – Emile Prisse d’Avennes (1807-1879)

Visions of Egypt – Emile Prisse d’Avennes (1807-1879)
PARIS  •  Bibliothèque nationale de France  •  Ongoing
Prisse d’Avennes, who had trained as an engineer, became in turn an Egyptologist, an archaeologist, an ethnologist, interested in Egyptian ruins as well as in Islamic monuments during his long stays in Egypt, from 1827 to 1844, then from 1858 to 1860. The first time, he brought back some objects among which the famous Prisse papyrus, then considered as the "oldest book in the world" and the Salle des Ancêtres of Thoutmosis III, also called the Pharaohs’room. The latter is stored at the Musée du Louvre where the second part of the exhibition is presented. All over the years in Egypt, Prisse d’Avennes gathered unequalled iconographic collections including a number of items that are the last evidence of vanished monuments and settings. Watercolours and drawings are on display together with exact copies, some of which are several meters high, stampings and photographs.

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