|This Egyptian art exhibition is drawn solely from the British Museum's outstanding collection of Egyptian antiquities. The nearly 150 renowned masterpieces and other treasures in the exhibition were selected by Edna R. Russmann in conjunction with W.V. Davies, the British Museum's keeper of Egyptian antiquities.|
Among the intriguing objects on view are statues and personal possessions of famous pharaohs, including Amenhotep III, Akhenaten, and Ramesses the Great, as well as jewelry, mirrors, cosmetic containers, and other luxury items that were widely produced during the reigns of these pharaohs. The earliest pharaonic portrait is a rare ivory image of a king dating to Dynasty 1 (ca. 3000 BC), while the latest is a carved relief of Ptolemy I, dating to the Ptolemaic period (ca. 305-30 BC), when Egyptian art was strongly influenced by Hellenistic style. The exhibition also contains some of the most well-known examples of funerary art, for which Egypt is justly famous, monumental sculpture, finely wrought figurines, papyrus sheets from the Book of the Dead and the delightful animal fable papyrus, carved and painted reliefs, a Roman panel portrait, and sumptuous decorative art in a variety of media.
Eternal Egypt will travel to The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois (26 April - 3 August 2003); The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore Maryland (September 2003 - 4 January 2004).
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