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Ancient Egyptian Calligraphy A Beginner's Guide to Writing Hieroglyphs Hardcover – 1988

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Product Details

  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; 4 edition (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300085672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300085679
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As others have said, this volume is slim and thankfully clear and concise. The glyphs are simplified to make them easier to draw, but still recognizably hieroglyphs (as opposed to cursive forms or hieratic-- and sometimes clearer than Faulkner). There are many larger illustrations that show the glyph in more naturalistic form; these are quite interesting. When the forms varied significantly over time, all versions are shown (i.e., Old Kingdom form, Middle and New Kingdom form(s).) It's very helpful, for writing and reading.
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Once again Dr. H.G. Fischer has produced an outstanding title and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, must be congratulated for issuing it as a wonderful book. If you are beginning your own practice of hieroglyphic writing, this is the best (and the only) guide to obtain a nice and elegant hand-writing. TopTen Title.
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I purchased this book on behalf of the Lacey Library, which is the University of Auckland's library attached to the Ancient History and Classics Department of the Arts Faculty. I did so upon request, as their students found this book an invaluable aid for beginners of writing ancient Egytian hieroglyphs. Their comments were that this book showed the basic starting principles of writing in the hieroglyphic form, and for those whom had no formal artistic skill, this book is as exciting as the subject of Egyptology is to them.
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What a great book. For someone trying to understand the actions and methods to write Hieroglyphics this must definitely be on your "To buy" list. Very easy to read and follow, it makes understanding and writing only a matter of time and practice. I notice one reviewer thought it a bit "childish" but I don't see a problem with that. We are learning the basics of a new language so for all intents and purposes, we are children.

I bought it with this book and the two go really well together.

Egyptian Hieroglyphics: How to Read and Write Them
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