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Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture

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The art of ancient Egypt has excited imaginations for centuries. But without knowledge of hieroglyphic images, Egypt's rich artistic legacy, from colossal statues to finely wrought jewelry and minuscule charms, remains obscure. Here, for the first time, is an introduction to the symbolic language of hieroglyphs: a directory of the one hundred signs used most often in Egypt ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Thames & Hudson (first published 1992)
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Katja
The idea is cool but don't think you'll be able to read Egyptian art once you've finished the book. What you'll be able to do is point to certain figures (e.g., a vulture, a sitting man with hands raised) and make remarks like "this means happiness", "that is a sign of wisdom" which is silly because how can we know that our sense of "happiness" or "wisdom" maps onto theirs? All those Kas, Bas, Sheuts which are all translated as "soul" into English are still mysteries, and a page for each is not ...more
Glenn Robinson
Very interesting descriptive book on the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Each page is related to one symbol and the meaning coupled with the left side page with 3-5 examples from actual wall paintings, pottery or other items. Taken together, gives one a chance to understand what is being said. A chance.
James F
An interesting idea, the author lists the most important hieroglyphs used in Egyptian art and shows how the paintings and sculptures follow the forms of the hieroglyphs, and the symbolism they get from them.
John
Fantastic introductory book for anyone interested in Hieroglypics or Egyptology in general. This is the first book which I have read which conveyed the idea that unlike in our modern culture, the Ancient Egyptians were to a certain extent able to merge painting, sculpture, language and architecture. Because the language was inherently "pictographic" the deeper symbology of ancient paintings, sculpture and even buildings can be "read" and determined
Danelley
I'm almost done with this book, and it's very enjoyable and helping me to understand more of the ancient Egyptian symbolism and art representations. Someday I will go to Egypt and wander one of the tombs or temples and be able to read and understand those glyphs, and it will be AWESOME! :) This book is really interesting and is a good supplement to some of the glyph translating experience I've done in the past.
Kevin
Nov 08, 2007 Kevin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Egyptian Enthusiasts
Shelves: historical
While it does include a complete list of hieroglyphic signs, and glossary, there is quite a bit of omission (a true dictionary would be much larger).
However, it serves a good purpose for anyone wishing to learn the basics and prepare themselves for more advance reading.
Alonso
Nov 26, 2007 Alonso rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of egyptian art and history
Shelves: reference
Egypt's writing straddles a fine line between what we would call writing and visual art. The two in Egypt often overlap, or were given secondary and tertiary meanings. This books does a great job, with a wealth of visual reference along the way, of explaining them.
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Glasspixie Pixie
This is a great reference. I would definitely take it with me to an any Egyptian exhibit.
Flameater
Good as a general guide. It takes more to read the glyphs.
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Lovely book. I'm looking for tattoos.
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