Egypt: faith after the pharaohs
'a magical dig into the past' - The Guardian
Due to its arid climate, Egypt preserves a unique range and abundance of evidence providing insights into the emergence and establishment of new religions, their relationship to each other and the pagan past. Over 300 objects have been specially selected for this publication, drawing on the significant collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the British Museum and reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the Nile Valley from the first to the twelfth century AD.
Through beautiful works of art, including jewellery, painted panels, textiles, sculpture, calligraphy, manuscripts, glass and ceramics, we gain a better understanding of the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people in this important period in Egyptian history. The book, published on the occasion of an exhibition at the British Museum, also reveals the different types of sacred buildings - synagogue, church, and mosque - and explains their architectural history and dissemination in Egypt.
- Author: Cäcilia Fluck, Gisela Helmecke
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Date published: November 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0714151144
- Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm
With its miraculously preserved ancient objects – precious texts, gleeful art, children’s toys – Neil MacGregor’s last hurrah gets close to solving the mystery of religion itself' - The Guardian
★★★★ 'a thought-provoking, often moving, show' - Evening Standard
'The British Museum’s sparkling exhibition “Egypt: Faith After the Pharaohs”.. tracks a millennium of artistic achievement from the time of Cleopatra’s death in 30 B.C. to the end of the Fatimid Caliphate in 1171' - Wall Street Journal