The Priest, the Prince and the Pasha: The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture

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'..a tale of archaeological intrigue and rapacious connoisseurs. A feat of storytelling that makes "Raiders of the Lost Ark" look like kid stuff' - Wall Street Journal 

A beautifully illustrated book tells the intriguing story of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts' Egyptian sculpture, the Green Head

The sculpture, which is little more than four inches high is the remarkably lifelike head of a priest from ancient Memphis. The sculpture was ritually buried in a temple complex dedicated to the worship of the sacred Apis bull before being excavated in 1857 by August Mariette, a founding figure in French Egyptology, 

Returned to France as part of a collection of antiquities assembled for the inimitable Bonaparte prince known as Plon-Plon, the Green Head found a home in his faux Pompeian palace. After disappearing again, it resurfaced in the personal collection of Edward Perry Warren, a turn-of-the-twentieth-century American aesthete, who sold it to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Details
  • Author: Lawrence M. Berman, Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, MFA
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Date published: May 2015
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0878467969
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.5 x 2.5cm
Reviews

'..a tale of archaeological intrigue and rapacious connoisseurs. A feat of storytelling that makes "Raiders of the Lost Ark" look like kid stuff' - Wall Street Journal 

'…a tale not only engagingly told, but also beautifully and imaginatively illustrated' - New York Review of Books

'Berman's book is to be highly recommended for the different (often very colourful) stories behind this incredible face that it throws into relief' - Egyptian Archaeology: The Bulletin of the Egypt Exploration Society

 

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