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Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture By Richard H. Wilkinson,

  • Title: Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture
  • Author: Richard H. Wilkinson
  • ISBN: 9780500277515
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 EgyptThe 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 Egyptian painting and sculpture from seated man and lion to vulture and ankh This great repertoire of symbols was developed to make the trancendental enigmas of creation, fortune and fecundity, death and the life beyond, immediate and understandable Richard Wilkinson s authoritative and thoroughly researched guide offers a comprehensive explanation of the symbols, their origins, identification and uses He shows how they form a crucial pictorial component of many of the greatest Egyptian masterpieces an insight hitherto enjoyed only by scholars and Egyptologists The hieroglyphs are arranged thematically, fully cross referenced, and illustrated by several hundred newly commissioned drawings and photographs The result is an indispensable companion for those seeking to understand the mysteries of Egyptian art, and a fascinating sourcebook for all ages on an ancient language s hidden symbols and signs.
    Reading Egyptian Art A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture 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 minuscul

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    1. 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 enough to compr [...]

    2. I m almost done with this book, and it s very enjoyable and helping me to understand 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.

    3. 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

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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 advance reading.

    8. 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

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