The Art of Ancient Egypt

The Art of Ancient Egypt

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From the grandeur of the Great Pyramid to a face etched on an amulet, this book conducts the reader through the world of Egyptian art. It asks questions such as what did art and the architecture that housed it, mean to the ancient Egyptians and why did they invest so much wealth and effort into its production? To answer these questions, the book studies tomb and wall paintings, sculpture and stelae, coffins, funerary papyri and amulets from the early dynastic period to the time of the Ptolemies. Spanning 3000 years, historical, religious and social changes are related to changes in Egyptian art and the significance of the image in Egyptian belief and life is examined. The attention given to the later period, including Ptolemaic art, aims to show how Egyptian art is a continuous phenomenon, changing to meet the needs of different times.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 261.6 x 270 x 22.9mm | 1,741.76g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • 150 colour illustrations, 150 halftones
  • 0674046609
  • 9780674046603

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Covering three millennia of Egyptian art, this beautifully illustrated volume presents and chronological survey of the monuments and art works of the ruling elite of ancient Egypt...This book is sure to delight anyone interested in the art and archaeology of the ancient world.--Rhonda Cooper "KLIATT "

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