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Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt

Material Biographies Past and Present (Materializing Culture)

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This edition was published in by Berg Publishers in Oxford, . New York.

Written in English

265 pages

From the Valley of the Kings to Las Vegas, Egypt looms large in the Western imagination. So why are we intrigued by pyramids and practices of mummification? Is it because the ancient Egyptians fetishized material objects? And what do Egyptian remains tell us about biography, embodiment, memory, materiality, the self, and, indeed, ourselves? This book considers how excavated objects reveal ancient Egyptians' experiences of their material world. It also explores existential questions that not only preoccupied ancient Egyptians, but continue to fascinate people today. What is the essence of persons and things? How might we understand the situated experiences of material life? How might objects successfully mediate between worlds? Meskell ultimately moves forward through time and examines the consumption of Egyptian material objects in the contemporary world, including Las Vegas. Meskell provides an elegant analysis of the aesthetics of ancient Egyptian material culture and insights into its mysteries, including our own ongoing fascination.

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Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt

Material Biographies Past and Present (Materializing Culture)

First published in 2004



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From the Valley of the Kings to Las Vegas, Egypt looms large in the Western imagination. So why are we intrigued by pyramids and practices of mummification? Is it because the ancient Egyptians fetishized material objects? And what do Egyptian remains tell us about biography, embodiment, memory, materiality, the self, and, indeed, ourselves? This book considers how excavated objects reveal ancient Egyptians' experiences of their material world. It also explores existential questions that not only preoccupied ancient Egyptians, but continue to fascinate people today. What is the essence of persons and things? How might we understand the situated experiences of material life? How might objects successfully mediate between worlds? Meskell ultimately moves forward through time and examines the consumption of Egyptian material objects in the contemporary world, including Las Vegas. Meskell provides an elegant analysis of the aesthetics of ancient Egyptian material culture and insights into its mysteries, including our own ongoing fascination.

Object Worlds in Ancient Egypt

Material Biographies Past and Present (Materializing Culture)

This edition was published in by Berg Publishers in Oxford, . New York.


Table of Contents

Objects in the mirror may appear closer than they are
Taxonomy, agency, biography
Material memories : objects as ancestors
Statue worlds and divine things
On hearing, phenomenology, and desire
Sketching lifeworlds, performing resistance
Object lessons from modernity.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-239) and index.

Series
Materializing culture

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
932
Library of Congress
DT60 .M46 2004

The Physical Object

Pagination
xii, 265 p. :
Number of pages
265

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3290928M
ISBN 10
1859738672
ISBN 13
9781859738672
LC Control Number
2004006525
Library Thing
906423
Goodreads
4927378
961962

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