The Priest, the Prince, and the Pasha: The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture

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Sometime in the early fourth century BC, an unknown Egyptian master carved an exquisite portrait in dark-green stone. The statue that included this head of a priest, likely a citizen of ancient Memphis, may have been damaged when the Persians conquered Egypt in 343 BC, before it was buried in a temple complex. Its adventures were not over: after almost two millennia, the head was excavated by Auguste Mariette, a founding figure in French archaeology. Sent to France as part of a collection assembled for the inimitable Bonaparte prince known as Plon-Plon, it found a home in his faux Pompeian palace. After disappearing again, it resurfaced in the collection of American aesthete Edward Perry Warren, who donated it to the MFA, Boston. Along the way, this compelling, mysterious sculpture has reflected the evolving understanding of Egyptian art.

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Berman's book is to be highly recommended for the different (often very colourful) stories behind this incredible face that it throws into relief. (Egyptian Archaeology: The Bulletin of the Egypt Exploration Society)

A feat of storytelling that makes "Raiders of the Lost Ark" look like kid stuff. (Ann Landi The Wall Street Journal)

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