The Egyptian Collection at Norwich Castle Museum: Catalogue and Essays [Hardback]

Faye Kalloniatis (Author)

ISBN: 9781789251968 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 504p, H280 x W216 (mm) over 400 black and white images and 70 colour plat

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The Egyptian Collection at Norwich Castle Museum


The Egyptian Collection at Norwich Castle Museum represents the first full publication of this important collection which contains several outstanding objects.

Part 1 begins with an outline of the acquisition history of the Egyptian collection and its display within Norwich Castle in 1894, when it was converted from a prison to a museum. The collection was largely acquired between the nineteenth and first part of the twentieth centuries. Its most prominent donor was Flaxman Spurrell, whose varied collection of flints, faience beads and necklaces as well as Late Antique cloths was obtained from Sir Flinders Petrie. Also prominent was the Norwich-based Colman family, most notable for its manufacture of mustard, whose collection was purchased in Egypt during the late-C19. Also included in this part are essays on several of the museum’s outstanding items – Ipu’s shroud, a rare early 18th Dynasty example with fragments also held in Cairo; the 22nd Dynasty finely decorated and well-preserved cartonnage and wooden lid of the priest, Ankh-hor; and the exceptional model granary of Nile clay painted with lively scenes, one showing the owner, Intef, playing senet.

Part 2 is a detailed catalogue of the complete collection. It is organised into sections with objects grouped together mainly according to type – stelae, shabtis, scarabs, jewellery, amulets, vessels, flints, lamps, inscribed Book of the Dead fragments, metal figurines, and Late Antique cloths; and also according to function – such as cosmetics& grooming, and architectural & furniture elements. The inscribed materials have all been translated and individual entries give examples or parallels. Seventy colour plates illustrate each object.

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Author’s Explanatory Note
1 The Egyptian Collection at Norwich Castle Museum (Faye Kalloniatis)
2 The Mummies and Coffins of Ankh-hor and Heribrer (John H. Taylor)
3 The Norwich Shroud of Ipu (Irmtraut Munro)
4 An Exceptional Model Granary (Gabriele Wenzel)
5 Stelae (Faye Kalloniatis)
6 Funerary Figurines: Shabtis and Ushebtis (Faye Kalloniatis)
7 Metal Figurines (Faye Kalloniatis)
8 Amulets (Faye Kalloniatis)
9 Scarabs, Scaraboids, Plaques and Seals (Faye Kalloniatis)
10 Jewellery (Faye Kalloniatis)
11 Grooming and Cosmetic Equipment (Gabriele Wenzel & Faye Kalloniatis)
12 Vessels (Gabriele Wenzel)
13 Stone Artefacts (Faye Kalloniatis)
14 Coffins, Mummies and Related Artefacts (John H. Taylor & Faye Kalloniatis)
15 Inscribed Linen and Papyrus (Marcus Müller-Roth)
16 Model Objects (Gabriele Wenzel & Faye Kalloniatis)
17 Architectural and Furniture Elements (Faye Kalloniatis)
18 Varia (Faye Kalloniatis)
19 Flint Implements (Noriyuki Shirai & Maarten Horn)
20 Animal Mummies (Faye Kalloniatis)
21 Lamps (Faye Kalloniatis)
22 Late Antique Textiles (Tineke Rooijakkers)
23 Victorian and Early Twentieth-Century Egyptianising Jewellery (Etc) (Faye Kalloniatis)
24 Fakes and Replicas (Faye Kalloniatis)
25 The Shroud of Ipu: Translation and Commentary (Irmtraut Munro)
26 Djed-mut’s BD Papyrus and Mummy Bandages: Translations (Marcus Müller-Roth)
27 The Granary Inscriptions: Translation (Gabriele Wenzel)
Appendix: Additional Late Antique Textiles (Tineke Rooijakkers)
Colour plates

Reviews & Quotes

"This is an extensive catalogue […] Almost all objects are represented in excellent colour photographs at the end of this part, preceded by a Bibliography and an Index."
Willem van Haarlem
Bibliotheca Orientalis (29/12/2020)

"Faye Kalloniatis and her collaborators are to be congratulated on the production of an important and informative volume, which makes an incredibly significant contribution to our understanding of the Egyptian collection at Norwich Castle Museum. The volume skilfully balances first-rate scholarship aimed at a specialist audience with a level of accessibility which also makes the volume of great interest to the general reader – no mean feat."
Dr Richard Hoggett
Norfolk Archaeology (18/09/2020)

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