- The Afterlives of Egyptian History
The Afterlives of Egyptian History
Reuse and Reformulation of Objects, Places, and Texts
Foreword by Kathy Zurek-Doule
An examination of the myriad lifetimes lived by ancient Egyptian artifacts
Egypt has a particular longue durée, a continuity of preservation in deep time, not seen in other parts of the world. Over the centuries, ancient buildings have been adopted for purposes that differed from the original. Temple sites have been transformed into places of worship for new deities or turned into houses and tombs. Tombs, in turn, have been adapted to function as human dwellings already in the Late Antique Period.
The Afterlives of Egyptian History expands on the traditional academic approach of studying the original function and sociopolitical circumstances of ancient Egyptian objects, texts, and sites to examine their secondary lives by exploring their reuse, modification, and reinterpretation.
Written in honor of the Egyptologist, Edward Bleiberg, this volume brings together a group of luminous scholars from a wide range of fields, including Egyptian archaeology, philology, conservation, and art, to explore the historical circumstances, as well as political and economic situations, of people who have come into contact with ancient Egypt, both in antiquity and in more recent times.
Yekaterina Barbash, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY USA
Lisa Bruno, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY USA
Simon Connor, F.R.S.–FNRS, Brussels, Belgium and University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA USA
Richard Fazzini, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY USA
Peter Lacovara, Ancient Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage Fund, Albany, NY USA
Ronald J. Leprohon, University of Toronto, Canada
Mary McKercher, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY USA
Edmund Meltzer, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California USA
Joachim Friedrich Quack, Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio USA
Paul Edmund Stanwick, independent scholar, New York, NY USA
Emily Teeter, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL USA
Kathy Zurek-Doule, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY USA
Notes on Contributors
Bibliography of Edward L. Bleiberg
Exhibitions Organized by Edward L. Bleiberg
Section 1. Egyptian Afterlives in the Modern World
1. Egyptian Mummies at the Brooklyn Museum: Changing Attitudes and Perceptions
2. The Survival of Ancient Egypt in Modern Culture: A Never-ending Story
3. The Ancient (Egyptian) Language of the Children of Dune
Joachim Friedrich Quack
4. The Montuemhat Crypt in the Mut Temple: A New Look
Richard Fazzini and Mary McKercher
Section 2. Egyptian Afterlives in Antiquity
5. A Visit with the Egyptian Statues of the Alexandria Serapeum and Iseum Campense
6. The Various Lives of Statues in the City of the Sun
7. Egyptian Stone Vessels Abroad: Reuse and Reconfiguration
Section 3. Egyptian Afterlives in Pharaonic Egypt
8. A Late Old Kingdom Stela in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (ROM 971.289)
9. A Case Study of Multiple Coffin Reuse in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
10. A New Version of Book of the Dead 30B Art Institute Chicago Heart Scarab 1894.1359
11. The Ba-bringer and Other Fun(erary) Texts: pBrooklyn Museum 37.1783E
Yekaterina Barbash is associate curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Kathlyn M. Cooney is professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA.
Kathy Zurek-Doule is Curatorial Assistant at the Brooklyn Museum.
"A delightful and varied collection of articles unified under the heading of reuse, dedicated to a scholar, curator, teacher, and gentleman whose interests are broad and whose knowledge is deep. Topics range from discussions of objects recurved, repurposed, and reused multiple times and in surprising ways, to the fanciful use of Egyptian language in modern novels. It is both an informative and fun read." —Rita E. Freed, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston