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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500280703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500280706
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every now and again a new book is published that the reader wishes had been available years before, say, when he or she was a student. Symbol and Magic in Egyptian Art is that kind of book. With the help of a veritable who's who among Egyptologists, Wilkinson-a working Egyptologist and lecturer on ancient Egypt at the University of Arizona-presents a clear, well-researched, well-documented book that is a basic tool for anyone studying Egyptian art. Working from an Egyptologist's viewpoint, Wilkinson breaks down Egyptian symbols into nine related areas (form, size, location, materials, color, numbers, hieroglyphs, actions, and gestures) and gives many detailed examples to illustrate the interpretations. In his introduction, Wilkinson discusses the ambiguity inherent in symbols and addresses the potential error involved in interpretation. Highly recommended for any collection with more than a cursory interest in Egyptian art.
Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert on December 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr. Richard Wilkinson has produced a very important work in this book about one of the most mistreated areas of ancient Egyptian culture, as it is that of Magic. This book handles the matter with such a finesse and humanly touch that the reader is guided along this difficult terrain with the clear and concise guide of the author's account and the help of a plentiful number of beautiful illustrations. There are chapters dealing with the symbolism of colors, materials, actions, gestures, numbers, hieroglyphs, forms, size and location. A must-have-it for anybody interested in deepening his/her knowledge of the mysterious and fascinant world of ancient Egyptian Magic. Highly recommended, both for professionals and newcomers!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books on Ancinet Egyptian magic and symbolism that I have ever read. It is written in simple, clear language thatis fully documented. I find myself refering to this book often.
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By Michael J. Rider on February 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Nothing else in this area brings together so much about symbolism, use of materials, colors, and language the way this book does. It's a real treasure.
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