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Bab El-Gasus in Context di - Alessia Amenta | Rogério Sousa | Kathlyn M. Cooney - Egitto Antico (EA) - N° 4
  Bab El-Gasus in Context
Bab El-Gasus in Context
Rediscovering the Tomb of the priests of Amun
Edited by Alessia Amenta e Rogério Sousa e Kathlyn M. Cooney
Year: 2021
ISBN: 9788891320681
Binding: Brossura
Pages: 576
Size: 17 x 24 cm

Product code: 00013799

Price€ 390,00
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Subjects: egitto, necropoli,
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This book gathers a collection of studies by leading scholars on the Tomb of the Priests of Amun (Bab el-Gasus), where the burials of 153 individuals who lived under the 21st Dynasty have been unearthed, revealing the largest undisturbed tomb ever found in Egypt. This is the first publication to present a coherent vision of this find, with papers addressing a variety of topics including: the reorganization of the Theban necropolis under the 21st Dynasty; the sociological significance of the burials, as well as the funerary goods associated with them; the history of the collections that had been given away to foreign countries in 1893, including their reception and subsequent treatment in museums around the world and in Egypt; carpentry and decoration of anthropoid coffins, using non-invasive analysis of materials; and finally, diversity and meaning of coffin decoration. The volume releases the papers first presented at the international conference held at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the discovery of the Tomb.

Alessia Amenta

Alessia Amenta is curator of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities of Vatican Museums. Director of the Vatican Coffin Project, an international team project for the study and conservation of the ‘yellow coffins’ of the Third Intermediate Period. Director of the Progetto Sekhmet, for the study of the hundreds of Sekhmet statues realized during the reign of Amenhotep III, with the collaboration of ‘The Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project’. Director of the Progetto Orazio Marucchi, an international team project for the study and virtual reconstruction of the Vatican Egyptian papyri collection. She participates in the international ‘Gate of the Priests Project’ for the study and the reconstruction of the Bab el-Gasus cache. Curator of the Vatican Coffin Conference, aimed at sharing the work of all those involved in the study of coffins every four years. Scientific advisor at the Museo Egizio in Turin and at the Centro Conservazione e Restauro ‘La Venaria Reale’, Turin, for the study and conservation of the Egyptian wooden coffins. Director of the Series ‘Egitto Antico’ (L’Erma di Bretschneider, Rome); Co-Editor of the ‘Gate of the Priests’ Series (Brill Publishers, Leiden). Publications: L'Acqua nell'antico Egitto: Vita, Rigenerazione, Incantesimo, Medicamento (L'Erma Di Bretschneider, 2005); Il faraone. Uomo, sacerdote, dio (Salerno Editore, 2006); Proceedings of the First Vatican Coffin Conference, Vatican Museums, 19-22 June 2013, (Edizioni Musei Vaticani 2017; Proceedings of the Second Vatican Coffin Conference, Vatican Museums, 6-9 June 2017 (Edizioni Musei Vaticani, in press).

Rogério Sousa

Rogério Sousa is Professor of Egyptology and Ancient History at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon. He has been studying coffin decoration during the 21st Dynasty from an art historical perspective, focusing into the principles of composition, symbolism and social significance of coffins in Thebes. Currently he coordinates the Gate of the Priests Project aiming at the inventory and integrated study and publication of the objects found in the Tomb of the Priests of Amun (Bab el-Gasus) in Thebes. Under this project he has been studying an extensive collection of objects dispersed around the world. He is Co-Editor of the ‘Gate of the Priests’ Series; Publishing House: Brill Publishers, Leiden. Over the last years he has published a number of works in this domain: The Tomb of the Priests of Amun. Burial Assemblages in the Egyptian Museum of Florence Gate of the Priests Series Volume 1 (Brill, 2018); Gleaming Coffins. Iconography and Symbolism in Theban Coffin Decoration (21st Dynasty): Vol. I: The Sheltering Sky (Coimbra University Press, 2018); Gilded Flesh: Coffins and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt (Oxbow, 2019); Burial assemblages from Bab el-Gasus in the Geographical Society of Lisbon (Brepols, 2017); Body, Cosmos & Eternity: New Research Trends in the Symbolism of Coffins in ancient Egypt (Archaeopress, 2014).

Kathlyn M. Cooney

Kathlyn Cooney is professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. Cooney’s research in coffin reuse, primarily focusing on the 21st Dynasty, is ongoing and will appear in her new book Recycling for Death, to be published with American University Press. Her research investigates the socioeconomic and political turmoil that have plagued the period, ultimately affecting funerary and burial practices in ancient Egypt. This project has taken her around the world over the span of a dozen years to study and document more than 300 coffins in collections around the world, including Cairo, London, Paris, Berlin, and Vatican City. Cooney has also published a volume on Ramesside coffin economics with the 2007 The Cost of Death: The Social and Economic Value of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Ramesside Period. She also focuses on gender studies and power with two trade books, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt (Crown Publishing Group, 2014) and When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt (National Geographic Press, 2018). .

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