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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931707367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931707367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,043,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Dallas Museum has been very busy fulfilling its mandate to educate the public, producing two books about its own collection of ancient art and publishing one about a traveling exhibit Dallas organized of the University of Pennsylvania's ancient Egyptian collection. The most extensive of the three books is the massive exhibition catalog, Searching for Ancient Egypt. A short history of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and its excavations puts everything into perspective. Seven essays by eminent scholars such as William Kelly Simpson and David O'Connor examine all aspects of Egyptian art, architecture, and crafts from the sacred to the mundane. If the illustrations are as excellent overall as the two samples sent with the galleys, they will add excellent detail to the text. The other two catalogs focus on elements of Dallas's own ancient art collection. Curator Bromberg and Kilinski (Jupiter's Loves & His Children, Univ. of Georgia, 1997) are well qualified to review ancient history and culture through its surviving artifacts in the Dallas Museum's modest collection. Independent scholar Deppert-Lippitz focuses solely on Dallas's lovely jewelry, beautifully illustrated here (how the gold does shine!). These holdings are a recent acquisition of outstanding quality that raises Dallas's collection in ancient art from small but elegant to one of importance in the study of the history of gold ornaments. While Bromberg and Kilinski's work is only for comprehensive ancient art collections, Deppert-Lippitz's catalog is excellent for any collection on the history of jewelry, and the Pennsylvania catalog should prove an outstanding addition to collections surveying ancient Egyptian art or the history of its excavation.?Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Searching for Ancient Egypt is a stunning catalog of breathtaking work."—Bloomsbury Review

"Seven essays by eminent scholars such as William Kelly Simpson and David O'Connor examine all aspects of Egyptian art, architecture, and crafts from the sacred to the mundane. . . . An outstanding addition to collections surveying ancient Egyptian art or the history of its excavation."—Library Journal

"Elaborately produced with excellent color reproductions of the objects and furnished with a detailed bibliography, a glossary of terms, a concordance of the museum accession numbers and catalogue numbers, and an index, the volume is an outstanding example of what an exhibition catalogue should be."—Ronald J. Leprohon, Journal of the American Oriental Association

"A handsome, well-printed book which serves as an excellent introduction to a civilization that led the ancient Near East in social organization, painting and sculpture."—The Jerusalem Post

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on August 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In the first part of the book, David Silverman presents a brief history of the University of Pennsylvania Museum as well as fieldwork and excavations done in Egypt and Nubia; and Donald Redford gives a general overview of Ancient Egyptian history. The second part consists of a catalogue which provides a description of objects, along with a photograph and further reading. Featured objects are those of divine art (essay by Arielle Kozloff), royal art (Edna Russmann), private art (Rita Freed), architecture (David O'Connor), personal and domestic artifacts (Edward Brovarski), funerary arts (William K. Simpson) and Nubian art (Josef W. Wegner). Recommended, this book is for those needing to learn more on Ancient Egyptian art.
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