- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; New edition edition (June 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500277516
- ISBN-13: 978-0500277515
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture New edition Edition
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The author takes 100 of the hieroglyphs used in writing Egyptian, and used in Egyptian art. (Symbols are identified by the Gardiner code number.) He dedicates 2 pages to each symbol - the right-hand page gives an analysis of the meaning and uses of the symbol, and the left-hand page, through line drawings and photographs, illustrates how the symbol is used.
Whether you study it page by page, or just dip in and browse, this book can be used, with profit, by anyone interested in the language or art of ancient Egypt.
For example, in the tomb of Iy-Mery (Giza, G6020), there is a carving of two dancers facing each other, holding hands held horizontally at shoulder height, raising one leg slighlty below waist level. Their posture and the fringes of their skirts are a figurative representation of the word "nbw" (nebu) or "gold." Similarly, on the sarcophogus of Amenhotep II, the goddess Isis is shown kneeling on a nbw sign. Deriving meaning from these symbolic gestures and suggestions of hieroglyphic signs is more tricky, as Wilkinson admits, although his reasoning and logic is flawless. (In the case of Amenhotep II, for example, the royal burial chamber was refered to as "the House of Gold" [prw nbw], with the connotation of gold as both eternal (like the ka), and yellow, like the sun.)
Wilkinson's explanations behind the hieroglyphs and their meaning is also excellent. For example, the scarab or dung beetle (Scarbaeus sacer) is the hieroglyph for "kpr" (kheper), literally "he who comes forth.Read more ›
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Truly informative:essential information to understand Egyptian symbolsPublished 22 days ago by Luca888
The best detailed and itemized Egyptian Art / Hieroglyph 224 pages.Published 1 month ago by david hicks
Each letter 's meaning is explained with an example of inscription wall.
I learnt a lot on hieroglyphs thanks to this book.
You will know a great deal at the closure of this book. Language, insights, interpretations that dazzle.Published 8 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
This book will come in as very helpful, especially to those that aren't familiar with hieroglyphics or what they represent. Read morePublished 16 months ago by James V J