Egypt 1950: My first visit

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Bernard V. Bothmer was a leading Egyptologist and art historian of the mid-twentieth century. Born in Berlin, he emigrated to America in 1941, and soon become an assistant curator of Ancient Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1950 Bothmer received a small grant to go to Egypt, to familiarize himself with the Cairo Museum and the archaeological sites, and to visit and study the places where the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Egyptian Expedition had done its fieldwork before the War. It was his first visit to Egypt. In this book, his diary of the trip, Bothmer details all the places he visited, from Aswan in the south to Saqqara in the north, and the people he met along the way. He describes the events and experiences of everyday life, from trains and donkeys to the Hotel Luxor, and alludes to the political and social circumstances surrounding the practice of archaeology in Egypt in the middle of the 20th century.

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Bernad V Bothmer was a leading specialist in ancient Egyptian sculpture, particularly of the Late Period. He was Curator of the Department of Ancient Art at The Brooklyn Museum from 1956 until 1983. Emma Hall worked with Mr Bothmer at The Brooklyn Museum from 1963 until he retired in 1983, and went on with him to work at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York, where Bothmer became the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art for the next 10 years. It was a remarkably productive relationship - together they edited numerous books, including 2 volumes on Mendes in Egypt (1976, 1980). Bernard Bothmer died in 1993.

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provides interesting details of a period in the history of Egyptology and travel which is not usually highlighted.' (M L Bierbrier ASTENE Bulletin, 2005)

This reviewer found it impossible not to compare Bothmers experiences of travelling round Egypt with his own, particularly when most of the notes for this review were made in Egypt, making for several smiles of recognition, some vigorous nodding... I found it an excellent travelling companion!' (Chris Naunton Egyptian Archaeology, 2005)

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