Bolshakov, Andrey O
Studies on Old Kingdom Reliefs and Sculpture in the Hermitage
|pages/dimensions: ||ca. VII, 334 Seiten, zahlreiche Tafeln - 29,7 × 21 cm|
|publishing date: ||1. Auflage 07.2005|
|prices: ||98,00 Eur[D] / 100,80 Eur[A] / 166,00 CHF|
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The book is the first complete publication of a relatively small but interesting collection of Old Kingdom monuments in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Twenty-two pieces are reproduced as black-and-white photographs and line drawings. Among them are two statues, fourteen reliefs and relief fragments, five offering stones and a fragment of an ointment tablet; several objects in museums of Cairo, Copenhagen, and Cambridge belonging to the same people are published as well. Most of these monuments were never published or are known only through books and periodicals in Russian that usually are not available in Egyptological libraries. Although the Hermitage pieces were acquired at antiquities dealers without any documentation, their modern history is traced and in a half of cases either their provenance is reconstructed or related monuments are found. A limited number of monuments allowed the author to discuss them to a much greater extent than it is common in museum publications and, thus, the book in spite of its structure of a catalogue virtually is a detailed study of various problems of Old Kingdom history and ideology.