Archaeology and Ancient Egypt
English edition  
240 pp.
134 color illus. 
25X30 cm
ISBN 9789774165863
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The Tomb Chapel of Menna (TT 69)

The Art, Culture, and Science of Painting in an Egyptian Tomb Edited by Melinda Hartwig

The most detailed set of studies ever on all aspects of one of the most beautifully decorated Egyptian non-royal tombs

This lavishly illustrated book is the culmination of a project to document and conserve the tomb of Menna, one of the most beautiful and complex painted tombs of the ancient Egyptian necropolis at Luxor. Through conservation, the tomb, which previously lay open to environmental influence, was brought back to its former glory. Aided by non-invasive methods of scientific analysis, the historical and cultural importance of Menna’s paintings can now be viewed and studied and enjoyed by a worldwide audience. High-definition photography and drawings complement specialist essays by scholars, scientists, and technicians, who discuss the artistic and cultural significance of the paintings, their architectural context, and scientific importance. Directed by Dr. Hartwig and administered by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) as part of its Egyptian Antiquities Conservation Project, the project was funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), sponsored by Georgia State University, and carried out in collaboration with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
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Melinda Hartwig is an Egyptologist and associate professor at Georgia State University, Atlanta. A specialist in ancient Egyptian painting and mortuary culture, she has directed documentation projects in Egypt for thirty years, the most recent being the tomb of Menna (Theban Tomb 69). She has written numerous articles and books, including Tomb Painting and Identity in Ancient Egypt: 1419–1372 BCE and the forthcoming A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art.

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