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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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Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, en, z-lib
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
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Glenn Robinson
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient, near, east, egypt, art
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.
Nov 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Kyla Ward
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Solidly grounded in primary sources, a superlative introduction to not merely a language, but a way to thinking. You will not be able to look at any number of standard Egyptian images in the same way again, and nor should you!
Good as a general guide. It takes more to read the glyphs.
Ahmed Elsebay
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egyptology
من أفضل الكتب التى تتعلم منها اللغة الهيروغليفية ومعانى ومفهوم ورمزية أشكالها ورسومها مدعمة بالصور
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