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The Modern Neighbors of TutankhamunHistory, Life, and Work in the Villages of the Theban West Bank$
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Kees van der Spek

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164033

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164033.001.0001

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Faked Antikas and ‘Modern Antiques’: Artistic Expression in the Villages of the Theban West Bank

Faked Antikas and ‘Modern Antiques’: Artistic Expression in the Villages of the Theban West Bank

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The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun
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Kees van der Spek

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164033.003.0011

This chapter discusses the phenomenon of west bank commercial artistic expression. Archaeological artifacts uncovered by Qurnawi have been items of interest to western visitors since at least the second half of the eighteenth century. There is a fine line between Qurnawi offering items for sale to a visiting person such as Charles Sonnini, and to an early scientist like Vivant Denon engaging Qurnawi guides when exploring the necropolis to draw monuments and collect antiquities. This chapter briefly profiles a small selection of working artists, their collective selection to be considered a framework for understanding Qurnawi artisanal production. Using this personalized framework, certain predominant details of design and artistic classification, as well as aspects of the social and material reality of their production, can be made explicit.

Keywords:   west bank, archaeological artifacts, Qurnawi, antiquities, artistic classification

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