Henri Frankfort

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Frankfort, Henri


Born Feb. 24, 1897, in Amsterdam; died July 16, 1954, in London. Dutch archaeologist.

Frankfort lived and worked in the USA and Great Britain. From 1925 to 1929 he directed excavations in Egypt at Abydos, Tell el-Amarna, and Armant, and from 1929 to 1937, in Iraq at Tell Asmar and Hafaja. His research on the comparative study of ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures is very valuable.


The Birth of Civilization in the Near East. London, 1951.
The Art and Architecture of the Ancient Orient. London, 1954.
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This handsomely produced volume presents a dozen communications delivered at a colloquium held at the Warburg Institute in London on October 18-19, 2002, in memory of its former Director Henri Frankfort (1948-1953).
In sum, this volume contains a number of intriguing solutions to long-standing problems of Mesopotamian iconography and thus stands as a fitting tribute to Henri Frankfort.