Dawn of Egyptian Art

Dawn of Egyptian Art

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Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780300179521
0300179529
9781588394606
1588394603
Branch Call Number: 709.32 PATCH
N5350 .P37 2011
Characteristics: xii, 275 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), 1 col. map, plans (some col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Eaton-Krauss, Marianne

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abkeller Feb 23, 2013

Everyone is well aware of the magnificence of Egyptian art at the time of the pharaohs, but what about the works of art that proceeded them? These are more simple forms, to be sure, but the elements of the great Egyptian masters have their foothold in this special time. This book embraces that era.
Pristine statues and masks, male and female figurines vie with statuettes of monkeys and other animals, amidst these pages. The funerary excellence at Abydos with its mud brick fa├žade is also fascinating. Some of the pieces, such as ceremonial palettes, are awash in intricately carved designs of animals and birds, writhing snakes and jackals. The excavations at Hierakoupolis were marvelous and I found the extensive section of notes at the back of the book and chronology to be extremely beneficial, as well.

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