Next week, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will host the second lecture in its three-part series “Behind the Scenes: Curators Talk,” presenting insider details on objects in the museum’s collection. This second course examines the object at the center of a recent Marquand Books project: head of a priest, more famously known as The Boston Green Head.
Lawrence Berman, the MFA Boston’s Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, will present the fascinating story of this artifact, which is detailed in his recent book The Prince, The Priest, and the Pasha: The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture. The text follows the dark-green stone head through its creation, use, and ritual burial in Egypt in the early fourth century BC. After its excavation almost two millennia later, its journey continued as it moved from Egypt to Europe and finally to America, all the while reflecting the West’s evolving understanding of Egyptian art and culture.
The 208-page book features 50 color illustrations and was produced by Marquand Books and designed in-house by our Design Director, Jeff Wincapaw. A book signing will follow the lecture in the MFA Bookstore and Shop. Be sure to stop by to pick up a copy or order it online here or through D.A.P.
Photography by Jeremy Linden