Ancient Egypt Transformed

The Middle Kingdom

Edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto

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The first comprehensive survey of an artistically and culturally rich period in Egypt’s history

The Middle Kingdom (ca. 2030–1700 B.C.), the second great era of ancient Egyptian culture, was a transformational period during which the artistic conventions, cultural principles, religious beliefs, and political systems formed during earlier dynasties were developed and reimagined. This comprehensive volume presents a detailed picture of the art and culture of the Middle Kingdom, arguably the least known of Egypt’s three kingdoms yet a time of remarkable prosperity and unprecedented change. International specialists present new insights into how Middle Kingdom artists refined existing forms and iconography to make strikingly original architecture, statuary, tomb and temple relief decoration, and stele.   
Thematic sections explore art produced for different strata of Egyptian society, including the pharaoh, royal women, the elite, and the family, while other chapters provide insight into Egypt’s expanding relations with foreign lands and the themes of Middle Kingdom literature. More than 250 objects from major collections around the world are sumptuously illustrated, many with new photography undertaken specifically for this catalogue. This fascinating publication is a much-needed contribution to understanding ancient Egypt’s art and culture, and shows how the Middle Kingdom served as the bridge between the monumentality of the pre­vious centuries and the opulent splendor of later years.

Adela Oppenheim is curator, Dorothea Arnold is curator emerita, Dieter Arnold is curator, and Kei Yamamoto is research associate, all in the Department of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 9781588395641
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
400 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
407 color + b/w illus.