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Art and life in ancient Egypt
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Figure 1 Carlton Cinema Islington, London 1930: Courtesy of Paul Wood (The Open University)

Figure 2 Tutankhamun cereal packet and cut-price travel advertisement: Courtesy of Kellogg’s

Figure 3 Leon Gogniet, Portrait of Jean-Francois Champollion, 1831, oil on canvas, 74 x 60 cm. Louvre, Paris Photo: Lauros/Giraudon/Bridgeman Art Library

Figure 4 David Roberts, ‘Central Avenue of the Great Hall of Columns, Karnak’, colour lithograph, from Roberts, David (1846) Egypt and Nubia: from drawings made on the spot by David Roberts … with historical descriptions by William Brockedon, London, Moon. Stapleton Collection Photo: Stapleton Collection/Bridgeman Art Library

Figure 5 Jean-Léon Gérome, Moorish Bath, 1870, oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Robert Jordan from the collection of Eben D. Jordan Photo: Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Bridgeman Art Library

Figure 6 Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Joseph, Overseer of Pharaoh’s Granaries 1874, oil on panel, 35 x 46 cm. Dahesh Museum of Art, New York, 2002.38 Photo: Dahesh Museum of Art/Bridgeman Art Library

Figure 7 Photo: © Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, West Yorkshire/Bridgeman Art LibraryEdwin Longsden Long, An Egyptian Feast, 1877, oil on canvas, 189 x 381 cm. Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

Figure 8 Photo: Auckland Art Gallery.John Reinhard Weguelin, The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat, 1886, oil on canvas, 84 x 128 cm. Auckland Art Gallery (Toi o Tamaki), New Zealand, Mackelvie Trust Collection, MU/147

Figure 9 © Trustees of the British MuseumPart of one fragment of ‘Viewing the Produce of the Estates’ (EA 37978): © Trustees of the British Museum

Figure 10 Part of the fragment ‘Offering Bringers’ (EA 37980) ©Trustees of the British Museum

Figure 11 Paul Gauguin, Christmas Night (The Blessing of the Oxen), 1894/1903, oil on canvas, 71 x 83 cm. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Josefowitz Collection, 1998.169 Photo: © SuperStock, Inc./SuperStoc

Figure 12 Part of ‘Viewing the Produce of the Estates’ (EA 37976) © Trustees of the British Museum

Figure 13 Part of ‘The Banquet’ (EA 37986) © Trustees of the British Museum Figure 14: shop display Photo: courtesy of Paul Wood (The Open University)

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