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When the British Museum opened its doors more than two centuries ago, scores of visitors waited eagerly outside for a first glimpse of ancient relics from Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Even today, in this age of satellite television and high-speed Internet access, museums maintain their unique allure, continuing to play a vital role in connecting us with little-known terrains and the deep mysteries of our historical past. Thatand#8217;s because, as Stephanie Moser argues in Wondrous Curiosities, museum displays donand#8217;t just transmit knowledgeand#8212;they actually create it.and#160;

Based on her exploration of the British Museumand#8217;s world-famous collection of Egyptian antiquities, this pioneering study reveals the powerful role of museums in shaping our understanding of science, culture, and history. Drawing on guidebooks and archival documents, Moser demonstrates that this British exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts was central to the way we came to define the remarkable society that produced them. And she also reveals the specific strategiesand#8212;such as using pattern and symmetry, juxtaposing different types of objects, and singling out particular itemsand#8212;that the British Museum and others used, and still use, in representing the past. With a wealth of illustrations and a detailed account of how the museum acquired and displayed its Egyptian collections, Wondrous Curiosities will fascinate curators and scholars of British history, Egyptology, art history, archaeology, and the history of science.

About the Author

Stephanie Moser is professor of archaeology at the University of Southampton. She is the author of Ancestral Images: The Iconography of Human Origins and the co-editor (with Sam Smiles) of Envisioning the Past: Archaeology and the Image.

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Acknowledgments

Introduction: Museum Display, Representation, and Ancient Egypt

1. To Pleasurably Serve the Mind: The Didactic Study Collections of the Early Modern Period

2. Wondrous Curiosities: The Display of the Sloane Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, 1759

3. Colossal Monstrosities: The Townley Installation of Egyptian Antiquities, 1808

4. Monumental Masterpieces: The Exhibition of the Collection of Henry Salt, 1823

5. Accessible Oddities: The New Smirke Gallery and Egyptian Room, 1834 and 1837and#160;

6. Historical Documents: The Extended Smirke Galleries, 1854and#8211;1880

Conclusion: Something for Everyone: The British Museum and Its Creation of

Ancient Egypt

Appendix: Period Dates and Dynastiesand#160;

Notesand#160;and#160;

Works Citedand#160;

Figure Creditsand#160;

Indexand#160;

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226542102
Author:
Moser, Stephanie
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Ancient - Egypt
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 color plates, 99 halftones
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » Calculus » General

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