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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Geburtstag: A Centenary Volume was in fact a refreshing and rewarding opportunity to engage in a concerted manner once again with the individual who, with Henri Frankfort, shaped the discipline of ancient Western Asiatic glyptic studies.
Gegenuber den Arbeiten ihrer Zeitgenossen--und als solche sollen durchaus auch die beiden eingangs bereits genannten, etwas alteren Forscher Henri Frankfort und Anton Moortgat gelten--zeichnet sich die Methodik Edith Poradas dadurch ab, dass sie erheblich vorsichtiger in der inhaltlichen Deutung und auch der ethnischen Zuweisung von Motiven und Typen in der Bildkunst war" (p.
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As important as the stories of the objects were the people who made them, discovered them, promoted them, or otherwise animated them, shaping their place in the world through a sensational press release (in the case of the archaeologist Charles Leonard Woolley, who desperately wanted Mesopotamia to compete with the Egyptomania triggered by the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922), a fast-paced detective fiction (Agatha Christie worked on Woolley's dig, where she met her second husband, Max Mallowan, as well as Woolley's wife, the model for her victim in the Hercule Poirot mystery Murder in Mesopotamia), or an erudite interpretation (as exemplified by Henri Frankfort, who spoke of Sumerian artifacts never in terms of primitivism but always in the language of fine art).
As Henri Frankfort commented in the Introduction to his The Art and Architecture of the Ancient Orient in the Pelican History of Art series in 1954, 'Strictly speaking, a history of the art of the ancient Near East has never been written.
20), Buccellati is clearly referring to the 1940s book Before Philosophy: The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, authored by Henri Frankfort in collaboration with H.
Such questions have long been debated by Assyriologists and Egyptologists, as evidenced by Henri Frankfort's early synthesis, Kingship and the Gods (Chicago, 1948).
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).
Mettinger's book, with its wide scope, methodological circumspection, and compelling insights, recalls some scholarly classics of an earlier generation, most particularly Henri Frankfort's Kingship and the Gods (one of my personal favorites).
For many years Henri Frankfort's Kingship and the Gods, first published in 1948 (Chicago: Univ.