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This book by well-knwon British Egyptologist, Dr. John Baines, has become by now a "clasical" reference-text for anyone interested in ancient Egyptian religion, especially from an iconographical point of view. None the less, the first part of the book will be useful also to historians of religion, since in it, Dr. Baines attempted to define - through a series of actual cases - the problematic of religious iconography and classification of iconographical major themes; his comments upon the methodological problems when dealing with such an issue go beyond the field of Egyptology properly speaking, and this adds a greater value to his job. Part two focuses in the analyses of what up to-day has been loosely called "Nile Gods" in the "decorative grammar" of Egyptian Art and Architecture, who, after him, must be better named "Fecundity Figures". Since these fat genii are intimely intertwined with the heraldic motif of the "Uniting of the Two Lands" - a royal theme -, this is also reviewed on. For those interested in the coloring as used in Egyptian art and writing, there is an appendix on the matter, along with illustrations, tables and indexes. A great job from a great scholar. Highly recommended, if you find it.
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