Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture” as Want to Read:
Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Reading Egyptian Art, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Reading Egyptian Art

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Katja
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
Danelley
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.
John
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.
Alonso
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.
Kevin
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!
Flameater
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
Nounou Bazelais
Feb 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Lovely book. I'm looking for tattoos.
Lauren Miller
rated it it was ok
Feb 22, 2016
John
rated it it was amazing
Feb 08, 2008
Ann
rated it it was amazing
Jan 22, 2015
Amy
rated it really liked it
Jan 05, 2008
Mahmoud Nazeh
rated it liked it
Nov 11, 2015
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
rated it it was amazing
Mar 22, 2011
Deborah Eddy
rated it really liked it
Nov 17, 2014
Ma
rated it liked it
Apr 12, 2012
Bookwhore Extraordinaire!
rated it it was amazing
Oct 28, 2015
Hellmaster
rated it it was amazing
Dec 04, 2014
Mohammed
rated it it was ok
Feb 17, 2013
Gehane Sileem
rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2016
Kristen Ross
rated it it was amazing
Apr 24, 2017
Lauren Ciccarelli
rated it it was ok
May 15, 2010
Don Voorhees
rated it it was amazing
Jul 09, 2011
Jean
rated it it was amazing
Aug 27, 2015
Aya Salah
rated it it was amazing
Jun 24, 2013
Francis Owusu
rated it it was amazing
Feb 24, 2017
Islam
rated it really liked it
Dec 11, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Egyptian Art
  • Ancient Lives: The Story of the Pharaohs' Tombmakers
  • The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt
  • Nefertiti: Unlocking the Mystery Surrounding Egypt's Most Famous and Beautiful Queen
  • Egypt of the Pharaohs: An Introduction
  • How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself
  • Treasures of Tutankhamun: National Gallery of Art, Field Museum of Natural History & the University of Chicago, New Orleans Museum of Art
  • An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Vol. 1
  • The Complete Pyramids: Solving the Ancient Mysteries
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Akhenaten: Egypt's False Prophet
  • Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times
  • Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt
  • Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
  • The Lost Tomb
  • The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry
  • Modern Art: painting, sculpture, architecture, photography
  • Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs