The Mummy in Ancient Egypt

The Mummy in Ancient Egypt : Equipping the Dead for Eternity

By (author) Salima Ikram , By (author) Aidan Dodson

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Mummies have gripped the popular imagination through highly publicized discoveries and macabre horror movies. But for the ancient Egyptians, mummification and a full set of magical "machinery" including a tomb, a sarcophagus, masks, amulets and canopic jars was essential to secure eternal life. This work comprises a survey of the entire panoply of Egyptian burial equipment over 3,000 years. Part 1 provides an overview of burial rites and tomb development, from the Giza pyramids to the Valley of the Kings and beyond. Great discoveries are documented, from Belzoni's early explorations to Tutankhamun's magnificent tomb and recent scientific detective-work using x-rays and CAT-scanners. Part 2 provides a detailed survey of changing burial practices during the pharonic era. The authors reveal the evolution of methods for treating the body. All important innovations are described, incorporating the latest research, some carried out by the authors themselves.

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 208 x 266 x 34mm | 1,700.96g
  • 20 Jul 1998
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 35 colour and 415 b&w illustrations, timelines, tables, bibliography
  • 0500050880
  • 9780500050880
  • 1,674,213

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Nothing about ancient Egypt has more haunted the modern imagination than mummies. In this beautifully produced book every aspect of the Egyptian way of death is covered, resulting in a work which will surely prove definitive. It traces the evolution of beliefs which lay behind mummification, the techniques used, the adornment of mummies, their burial, and the often scandalous history of their rediscovery. Not only lavishly illustrated with images which range from the breathtaking to the grotesque, it also includes a comprehensive reference section, complete with timelines, bibliographies and a list of all known royal mummies. A work of scholarship which is also an aesthetic delight. (Kirkus UK)

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