When the Pyramids Were Built: Egyptian Art of the Old Kingdom. Dorothea ARNOLD.

When the Pyramids Were Built: Egyptian Art of the Old Kingdom.

New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1999. First Edition. Hardcover. Small Folio. 140pp. Original brown cloth with gilt titling to spine. 130 color illustrations, many full-page. A book published to accompany the "Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids" exhibition of 1999 / 2000 which brought together 115 Old Kingdom masterpieces from museum collections throughout the world. From the publisher: "The Old Kingdom (about 2650-2150 B.C.E.) was the first golden age of Egyptian culture, a period that determined the form and character of Egyptian art for centuries to come. From the Third through the Sixth Dynasty, not only were the pyramids built in vast construction efforts, but artists working in an array of mediums and techniques-- stone, wood, precious metals, monumental statuary, reliefs, and wall paintings-- created masterpieces that still have the power to move us more than four millennia later. ... Individual masterpieces include the monumental statue of Hemiunu, thought to be responsible for the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza; groups representing the Fourth Dynasty king Menkaure with a queen and various deities; and a unique alabaster statuette showing the Sixth Dynasty queen Ankh-nes-meryre II holding her son, the child king Pepi II, in her lap. In addition, there are delicate relief carvings that provide some of the earliest, most joyful artistic representations of daily life, stunning decorative-art pieces (jars, vases, jewelry, even a musical instrument), and a number of rare Old Kingdom wall paintings." A Fine copy in Fine dust jacket. Item #62353

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