Middle Kingdom Tomb Architecture at Lisht

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This volume documents twenty-six monumental tombs of the ancient Egyptian Twelfth Dynasty that were excavated by the Metropolitan Museum Egyptian Expedition from 1906 to 1934 and 1984 to 1991. Focusing on the study and reconstruction of the architecture of the tombs, the book also publishes remains of

reliefs and inscriptions that decorated the walls. The author demonstrates the astonishing variety of Middle Kingdom funeral architecture. Whereas some of ...

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This volume documents twenty-six monumental tombs of the ancient Egyptian Twelfth Dynasty that were excavated by the Metropolitan Museum Egyptian Expedition from 1906 to 1934 and 1984 to 1991. Focusing on the study and reconstruction of the architecture of the tombs, the book also publishes remains of

reliefs and inscriptions that decorated the walls. The author demonstrates the astonishing variety of Middle Kingdom funeral architecture. Whereas some of the Lisht structures relate closely to Old Kingdom mastabas, there is also a new group of freestanding chapels that are derived from contemporary deity temples and foreshadow the temple-tombs of later periods in Egyptian history. Also included is an appendix by James P. Allen on the biographical inscription in one of the tombs

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The site of two pyramids surrounded by cemeteries in use from the Old Kingdom through Roman times, Lisht lies 30 miles from Cairo on the west bank of the Nile. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition excavated this site and others from 1906 to 1934 and from 1984 to the present and publishes its findings in an ongoing series. The latest, Volume 28, focuses on the most important tombs at Lisht from the Middle Kingdom. Little remains of the tombs aboveground, but Arnold, curator in the department of Egyptian art at the museum, makes the most of the records from both periods of excavation. His descriptions of the tombs are often captivating and the related visual matter instructive. Architectural fragments for one of the mastabas were discovered in 1932-33, and though they have since been lost, the surviving photographs, notes, and drawings made possible computer drawings that re-create the structure and offer a tantalizing glimpse into the site's past.
—Amy Trendler

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Dieter Arnold is Curator, Department of Egyptian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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