About the Project
These web site entries are
to help educators and college students make full use of the Nelson-Atkins’
ancient Egyptian collection. It is hoped that the information offered
about specific works of art may serve as starting points for further
research. The entries are not intended to introduce the reader to larger
issues of Egyptian art and culture. The web site includes most of the
Egyptian art currently displayed in the Nelson-Atkins galleries; a few
objects currently in storage have also been included since they will
eventually be placed on display.
Most of the references in these entries are to English language books
that are readily accessible and intended in part for the nonspecialist.
In the case of the objects’ bibliography, however, we have cited all
publications, including foreign ones. Frequently Cited Sources contains
specific information about commonly used abbreviations.
The chronology is based on
William Murnanes History of Ancient Egypt: An Overview,
in Jack Sasson (ed.), Civilizations of the Ancient Near East
II (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1995), 712-4.
Several scholars have come
to Kansas City and commented on the materials in the Nelson-Atkins without
subsequently publishing their remarks. Their comments as recorded here
do not necessarily reflect long thought-out views; they may be suggestions
made at the spur of the moment.
Entries were written by Robert
Cohon (RC), Elly-Ann Miles (EAM), Carrie Morgan (CM),
Caprice Stapley (CS), and Robin Trafton (RT). Alexandra
O’Brien, of the University of Chicago, provided a good deal of guidance
with several entries. The co-editors of this web site take full responsibility
for all errors.
The last Egyptian entries
were written in July 1999. Entries on the Greek collection will follow
in summer 2001; the Roman and Near Eastern sections will be completed
by summer 2003.
University of Missouri-Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
and the Mellon-Frick-Rothschild-Sprint Fund generously financed this
project. All photographs are from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.