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

Kees van der Spek

in The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9789774164033
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970917 | DOI:
Faked Antikas and ‘Modern Antiques’: Artistic Expression in the Villages of the Theban West Bank

Show Summary Details


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

Chapter.  14771 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at American University in Cairo Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.