The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun

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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    Richard Parkinson

    Kevin Lovelock


    Paperback with flaps


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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 .


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