Dawn of Egyptian Art

Dawn of Egyptian Art

by Diana Craig Patch


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The cultural icons of Pharaonic Egypt, from the Great Sphinx at Giza to the famous burial of Tutankhamun, are among the world's most renowned works of art. Less well known, but equally impressive, are the rare and ancient images of people, animals, and landscapes made by the Egyptians who lived prior to the age of the pharaohs, when the formal conventions of Egyptian art had not yet fully evolved. With illustrations of more than 180 objects created from about 4000 to 2650 BC, Dawn of Egyptian Art presents the art forms and iconography in which the early Egyptians recorded their beliefs about the land where they lived, the yearly events that took place there, and what they thought was important to the eternal survival of their world. Comprehensive texts explore the origins and early development of the culture of ancient Egypt while discussing the relationship between image and writing as well as the representation of the self and the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300179521
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Series: Metropolitan Museum, New York: Exhibition Catalogues
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Diana Craig Patch is Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
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 façade 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.