Stelae from Egypt and Nubia in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, c.3000 BC–AD 1150 (Fitzwilliam Museum Publications)

Stelae from Egypt and Nubia in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, c.3000 BC–AD 1150 (Fitzwilliam Museum Publications)

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Geoffrey Thorndike Martin
Cambridge University Press, 3/10/2005
EAN 9780521842907, ISBN10: 0521842905

Hardcover, 216 pages, 27.6 x 21.9 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

The volume provides a detailed catalogue of 127 stelae (many funerary) deriving from the Nile Valley, now part of the Egyptian collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The stelae are written in various scripts – Egyptian hieroglyphic, hieratic and demotic, Carian, Greek, Coptic and early Arabic – and cover a date-range of over 4000 years. Few museums have published their complete holdings of such material, and the carefully described and translated information from these stelae throws a flood of light on the history, religion, funerary customs, art and iconography, daily life and administrative systems of ancient Egypt and Nubia. Each entry has a photograph of the stela as well as a meticulous line-drawing which enables the texts and iconography to be understood and interpreted. Full museological details such as material, precise measurements, provenance (where known), mode of acquisition and dating are provided. The volume will interest specialists as well as a wider public concerned with Egyptology.

Works cited
Chronological table
Catalogue of stelae
1. Egyptian
2. Carian
3. Greek
4. Coptic
5. Cufic
6. Modern
Bibliography of published stelae collections and commentaries
1. Concordance of Fitzwilliam Museum accession numbers and present Catalogue
2. Concordance of Budge, A Catalogue of the Egyptian Collection, and present Catalogue
3. Royal names
4. Deities, including epithets
5. Titles, administrative departments, etc.
6. Egyptian personal and geographical names
7. Carian names
8. Greek, Coptic and Arabic names
9. Provenances etc.
10. Objects in museums
11. General.

'... another excellent contribution to the field by one of the masters of Egyptology. ... primarily geared towards specialists in ancient Egypt, this wonderful catalogue will be greatly appreciated by scholars interested in art, administration, kinship, philology, religion, as well as technology.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review