Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient EgyptPaperback Oriental Institute Museum Publications (Paperback)
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- Publisher: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 226mm x 287mm x 8mm | 567g
- Publication date: 1 February 2009
- Publication City/Country: Chicago
- ISBN 10: 1885923600
- ISBN 13: 9781885923608
- Illustrations note: 120 col & 20 b/w illus.
- Sales rank: 1,889,459
This companion volume and catalog to the exhibit that opens on February 9, 2009, traces the life of Meresamun, whose mummy, dating to about 800 B.C., is one of the highlights of The Oriental Institute museum in Chicago, IL. The text introduces the historical and cultural setting of Egypt during her time. Essays and artifacts examine the role of music and of musicians in Egyptian temple cults, their training, and the types of musical instruments that Meresamun would have used. The life of Meresamun outside the temple is explored, with emphasis upon her social and legal status, what other professions were available to her, and what home life was like. The study of the life of this individual is augmented by forensic evidence obtained with the newest generation of CT scanners that sheds life on Meresamun's life and death.
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Thousands of images were taken using high resolution scanning channels to a level of detail not previously used on a mummy. The results, in colour in the book, are quite astounding. Together, the editors have achieved the dearest wish expressed in their prayers by all ancient Egyptians: Speak my name that I may live . Meresamun lives again.'--Peter A. Clayton"Minerva" (01/01/0001)"