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Egyptian Art (Paperback) (Bill Manley)

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Manley traces thousands of years of Egyptian civilization through its art, contextualizing god-kings, or pharaohs, whose authority dissolved with the conversion to Christianity circa 300-350. The book presents art in color from the monumental to jewelry, fashioned on wood, ceramics, faience, glass, and metals like bronze and gold. He asks: What are they saying in their art, and could we possibly learn from it? A quick survey of ancient Egyptian art reveals that the majority comes from tombs and temples. While the use of hieroglyphs in ancient Egyptian art is always informative, it also obliges recognition that definitive and final interpretations of any particular theme or composition is beyond modern understanding. As a hieroglyph star writes the word “adore,” the very activity associated with temples and tombs. So, the starry ceiling of the tomb may well evoke eternity and heaven as an image, while, at the same time, invoking “adoration,” the very word that characterizes the eternal afterlife. Ankhtyfy, governor of Edfu and Hieraconpolis, (First Intermediate Period) describes his own tomb: “I have made a gateway to the far side of the sky / and its roof is heaven, its belly the sky. / It is covered in stars. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Art
Series Title: World of Art
Format: Paperback
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: Bill Manley
Language: English
Street Date: January 23, 2018
TCIN: 53227525
UPC: 9780500204283
Item Number (DPCI): 248-57-1329
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