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Colossal Statues Make Big Impression

July 24, 2015

Colossal Statutes Make Big Impression

What connects: Ramesses the Great, Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Queen meeting James Bond for London 2012?

Egyptian super-sculptures of course, and all of the above made an appearance in last week’s brilliant Museum Meets talk by Dr Campbell Price, entitled “Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt”.

Manchester Museum’s Curator of Egypt & Sudan gave a fascinating insight into how perceptions of these iconic sculptures have changed over the centuries, from middle-eastern appreciation of artistic form to museum-housed pieces of inspiration to the Romantic poets (that’s where Ramesses the Great and Shelley come in).

Ramessses The Great© Trustees of the British Museum

Ramessses The Great© Trustees of the British Museum

Ramesses the Great

© Trustees of the British Museum

The talk also shed light upon the function and meaning of these awesome statues to the ancient Egyptians themselves, from villager to Pharaoh (that’s where the Queen playing the Queen comes in).

In creating his lecture, Dr Price was inspired in turn by the museum’s own resident colossal(ish) statue – Moai Hava – which forms part of the current Rapa Nui exhibition and will be on display for the next five years.

 

Moai Hava @Joe Gardner

Moai Hava @Joe Gardner

Moai Hava

Joe Gardner

“Making Monuments on Rapa Nui” runs until early September so why not come visit Manchester Museum this summer to see if a bit of colossal statue viewing inspires the creator in you.

Thank you to Louise Thomas from our Visitor Team for her guest blog post.

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