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Sculpted Glyphs: Egypt and the Musée Charles X
Elizabeth Buhe is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she studies nineteenth-century French and twentieth-century American art. She received a Fulbright grant to conduct the research from which this article results.
Email the author ebuhe[at]nyu.edu.
with David Eisenberg, Nicholas Fischer, and Daniel Suo
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A 3D model provides a means to visualize the display of Egyptian antiquities in the Musée Charles X as conceptualized by Champollion. A representative sample of 3D objects has been placed inside the tall armoires and short window vitrines. Given time and budgetary constraints, it was impractical to render all the artifacts that were displayed in each cabinet. Furthermore, in Champollion’s installation, objects were often shown alongside many of the same type. As a general rule, rather than rendering many like artifacts, we opted for greater breadth by representing single but diverse examples. However, we made an exception in two cabinets of the third room (salle funéraire) by replicating a single ushabti “dummy” many times with the goal of suggesting the historic density of objects in each cabinet. For a complete list of the objects that were exhibited in each cabinet, please consult Primary Sources.
This model is intended as an interpretive tool that provides a fully-dimensional sense of what the French public would have observed in the Musée Charles X from its inauguration in late 1827 onward.
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