Gifts for the Gods: Images from Ancient Egyptian Temples

Gifts for the Gods: Images from Ancient Egyptian Temples


Edited by Marsha Hill, Contributions by Laurent Coulon, Contributions by Sue Davies, Contributions by Elisabeth Delange, Contributions by Richard Fazzini, Contributions by Florence Gombert, Contributions by Adela Oppenheim, Contributions by Diana Craig Patch, Contributions by Maarten Raven, Contributions by Edna R. Russmann

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 287mm x 25mm | 1,520g
  • Publication date: 26 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300124082
  • ISBN 13: 9780300124088
  • Illustrations note: 25 b&w illustrations + 80 colour images
  • Sales rank: 1,161,791

Product description

Throughout their long history, the ancient Egyptians crafted exquisite statues of bronze, copper, silver, and gold as offerings to their gods and for use in temples and shrines. This book is the first to focus on the art and significance of Egyptian metal statuary, presenting fresh insights and the most up-to-date information on this lustrous and precious work. With vivid texts, the authors trace continuities in the development of the statuary, illuminate how its production was integrated within artistic and social structures, and question its potential role in ritual practice. The extraordinary large bronzes of the Third Intermediate Period, the apogee of the tradition, are explored in depth, as is the technology that was inseparable from the artistry behind these treasures.

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Author information

Marsha Hill is curator, Department of Egyptian Art, and Deborah Schorsch is conservator, Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.