The Painted Tomb-chapel of Nebamun: Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Art in the British Museum

The Painted Tomb-chapel of Nebamun: Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Art in the British Museum


By (author) Richard Parkinson, By (author) Kevin Lovelock


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  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 279mm x 13mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714119792
  • ISBN 13: 9780714119793
  • Illustrations note: 150 illustrations, 120 in colour
  • Sales rank: 345,550

Product description

The paintings from Nebamuns tomb chapel are among the greatest and most famous of the British Museums treasures. Yet much about them remains mysterious, and this book is concerned with the detective work undertaken to help us to understand and see them properly before they are displayed in a new permanent gallery in 2008. For this the paintings are being conserved and remounted in the Museums specialist laboratories, a process that is revealing radical new information about painting techniques in ancient Egypt.This, together with archival work, is helping us to solve the problem of the tomb-chapels location at Thebes, last seen in the 1820s when the paintings were removed. Richard Parkinson discusses each painting fully, with reconstructions and translations of the hieroglyphic texts, a discussion of the other known fragments (now in Berlin and Avignon) and a reconstruction of the whole tomb chapel. Every fragment is fully illustrated in color, doing full justice to an artist who has been described as antiquitys equivalent of Michelangelo.

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Author information

Dr Richard Parkinson is a curator of Egyptian antiquities in the British Museum.

Review quote

[an] excellent, accessible book...--Tom Hardwick"The Art Newspaper" (01/01/0001)"

Table of contents

Preface; 1 A Modern View of Ancient Paintings; Introduction; Discovery; The paintings in the British Museum; 2 In a Tomb Chapel; Theban tomb-chapels; Where and when at Thebes?; Nebamun at Thebes; Ancient techniques and modern analysis; 3 The Paintings; Introduction; Funerary offerings; The banquet; Viewing the produce of the estates; Agricultural scenes; Offering bringers; Fishing and fowling in the marshes; The garden of the west; Revisiting the tomb-chapel; List of Figures; Notes and References.