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Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids

Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids

Various authors
560 pages
540 illustrations
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Lenders to the Exhibition

Directors' Foreword
Françoise Cachin, Philippe de Montebello, Lindsay Sharp

Dorothea Arnold, Krzystof Grzymski, Christiane Ziegler

Contributors to the Catalogue and Key to the Authors of the Entries


Notes to the Reader


A Note on Egyptian Chronology
Élisabeth David

Dynastic and Regnal Dates
James P. Allen

Dorothea Arnold, Christiane Ziegler

Introductory Essays

A Brief History of the Old Kingdom
Jean Leclant

The Step Pyramid Precinct of King Djoser
Jean-Philippe Lauer

Pyramids and Their Temples
Audran Labrousse

The Tombs of Officials: Houses of Eternity
Peter Jánosi

Old Kingdom Statues in their Architectural Setting
Dieter Arnold

Royal Statuary
Krzysztof Grzymski

Nonroyal Statuary
Christiane Ziegler

Reserve Heads: An Enigma of Old Kingdom Sculpture
Catharine H. Roehrig

Royal Reliefs
Dorothea Arnold

The Human Image in Old Kingdom Nonroyal Reliefs
Nadine Cherpion

Furniture of the Old Kingdom
Julie Anderson

Stone Vessels: Luxury Items with Manifold Implications
Dorothea Arnold and Elena Pischikova

Excavating the Old Kingdom: From Khafres Valley Temple to the Governors City at Balat
Nicolas Grimal

Excavating the Old Kingdom: the Giza Necropolis and Other Mastaba Fields
Peter Der Manuelian

Excavating the Old Kingdom: The Egyptian Archaeologists
Zahi Hawass


Third Dynasty
Fourth Dynasty
Fifth Dynasty
Sixth Dynasty




Photograph Credits

Wall tiles from the funerary apartments of king Djoser, faience
ca. 2630–2611 B.C.
Scenes from a King's Thirty-Year Jubilee, Limestone, paint
ca. 2575–2551 B.C.
Striding Figure, Quartzite, paint
ca. 2575–2465 B.C.
Relief fragment with king Khufu's cattle, Limestone
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
Relief with the head of a female personification of an estate, Limestone
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
Relief with a billy goat, Limestone
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
Relief fragment with soldiers running with a rope, Limestone
ca. 1981–1952 B.C.
Fragmentary Face of King Khafre, Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
ca. 2520–2494 B.C.
Cast of an architrave with the name of Khafre, Ron Street, Fiberglass-reinforced epoxy resin, paint
ca. 2520–2494 B.C. (original)
Archers, Limestone, paint
ca. 2551–2494 B.C.
Head of a statue of an older man, Limestone, paint
ca. 2550–2460 B.C.
The King's Acquaintances Memi and Sabu, Limestone, paint
ca. 2575–2465 B.C.
Relief with running troops, Limestone, paint
ca. 2465–2458 B.C.
Relief Fragment with a Ship Under Sail, Limestone, paint traces
ca. 2465–2458 B.C.
Weight equal to five deben, Yellow jasper or opal
ca. 2649–2100 B.C.
King Sahure Accompanied by a Divine Figure, Gneiss
ca. 2458–2446 B.C.
Statue of Demedji and Hennutsen, Limestone, paint
ca. 2465–2438 B.C.
Nikare as a scribe, Granite, paint
ca. 2420–2389 B.C. or later
Nikare with his Wife and Daughter, Limestone, paint
ca. 2420–2389 B.C. or later
Nursing woman, Limestone, paint traces
ca. 2420–2389 B.C. or later
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Galeries nationales du Grand Palais (France), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), and Royal Ontario Museum, eds. 1999. Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams.