Dawn of Egyptian Art

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 256mm x 28mm | 1,578g
  • Publication date: 29 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300179529
  • ISBN 13: 9780300179521
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 240 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 480,497

Product description

Egyptian art from the Pharaonic era is characterized by colossal sphinxes, elaborately decorated coffins, hieroglyphs, and beautifully modeled reliefs. Less well-known, but equally impressive, are the rare and ancient images of people, animals, and landscapes from the pre-Pharaonic era, the period that preceded and directly influenced these iconic forms of artistic expression. With lavish illustrations of more than 170 fascinating objects created from about 4000 to 2650 BC, "Dawn of Egyptian Art" presents the origins of these art forms and iconography that remained in use for centuries. Comprehensive texts explore the origins and early development of the culture of ancient Egypt while discussing the representation of the self and the universe, the relationship between image and writing, and the early Egyptians' evolving view of how the world worked.

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Author information

Diana Patch is associate curator in the Egyptian Art Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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"One of the most impressive publications on the early Egyptian art I have seen. Beautifully illustrated with over 180 photographs of objects from exhibition and with an eye-catching cover... [Dawn of Egyptian Art] looks and feels like a 'coffee table' book but the text is both readable and highly informative./i>--Victoria Blunden"Ancient Egypt" (07/01/2012)