Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt
'provide[s] a number of startling insights that remind us, throughout, of the glorious strangeness of the past' - The Telegraph
Accompanying the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, this catalogue explores the fascinating world of ancient Egyptian burial customs and practices.
The book opens with a brief history of the museum’s Egyptian coffin collection, followed by a selection of essays covering coffins of the Middle Kingdom (Wolfram Grajetzki) and New Kingdom (John H. Taylor) as well as coffin construction and decoration (Julie Dawson et al.), each with a brief further reading selection.
The catalogue includes photos of over fifty objects from the exhibition, grouped into themes (such as early burial practices, funerary gods and beliefs, decorated anthropoid coffins and economic and political influences). Each object is shown as a half page or full page colour image. CT scans and X-ray images highlighting construction techniques, conservation work and various anomalies. Highlights include the painted wooden coffin of Nakht, the tomb models of Khety, a Roman period mummy and the coffin of Nakhtefmut.
The book is completed with a glossary, picture credits, and a map and dates of the periods discussed in the book.
One of the TLS books of the year 2016 and a great book to dip into again and again for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt.
- Author: Helen Strudwick, Egyptologist at the Fitzwilliam Museum
- Hardcover: 256 pages | 200 colour illustrations
- Date published: February 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1907804717
- Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 23.4 x 2.8cm