The Painted Tomb-chapel of Nebamun

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

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The paintings from Nebamun's tomb chapel are among the greatest and most famous of the British Museum's 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 Museum's 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-chapel's 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 colour, doing full justice to an artist who has been described as 'antiquity's equivalent of Michelangelo'.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 213.36 x 279.4 x 12.7mm | 725.74g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 150 illustrations, 120 in colour
  • 0714119792
  • 9780714119793
  • 435,703

Review quote

The book not only illustrates the paintings as never seen before, it puts them into context for their content and style.'--Peter A. Clayton "Minerva, July/August 2008 "show more

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 more

About Richard Parkinson

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