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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122064251347 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! AN EGYPTIAN BESTIARY. Animals in Life and Religion in the Land of the Pharaohs by Philippe Germond. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Thames & Hudson (2001). Pages: 224. Size: 13½ x 10½ inches; 4½ pounds. This is an illustrated volume showing the richness of the Pharaonic fauna in all forms of artistic expression: painting, sculpture, relief carving, architectural ornamentation and hieroglyphs. They range from realism in the depiction of birds and beasts, both wild and domesticated, useful and harmful, with which the people of the Nile Valley came into daily contact, to hieratic stylization in portraying the pantheon of animal-headed gods and the sacred and fabulous creatures that inhabited their devotional, funerary and magic world. The captions and descriptions that accompany the photographs place each animal depicted in its proper context in relation to man, to the environment and to the gods. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Lightly read HUGE (13½*10½", 4½ pound) hardcover with dustjacket. Thames & Hudson (2001) 224 pages. Appears to have been read once, by someone with a "very light hand". It's possible it has only been flipped through a few times, indications of reading/browsing wear are very light. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, seemingly only flipped through a few times, at worst read once. The spine heel of the book was very lightly bumped, and while there's no evidence of this from the outside of the book, from the inside a few of the pages have a very slight crinkle mark at the bottom binding-side corner. This is likely consequence of the book being clumsily re-shelved and bumped against the shelf...books this large can be very awkward, as they are very heavy and ungainly. Dustjacket evidences only very mild edge and corner shelf wear, no chips, no tears. Black cloth covers likewise evidence only the most faint shelfwear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #8592b. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Of all the world's early civilizations, it was ancient Egypt that fostered the closest relationship with the animal world. All aspects of life, both secular and sacred, gave prominent place to man's vital involvement with living creatures of every kind. Peasant and craftsman, ruler and priest treated animals not as mere utilitarian objects, but as symbols of creation equal in the hierarchy of life to humans themselves and closely tied both to everyday existence and to the realm of the gods. The magnificent photographs in this volume show the incomparable richness of the Pharaonic fauna in all forms of artistic expression—painting, sculpture, relief carving, architectural ornamentation, and even in hieroglyphs. They range from astonishing realism in the depiction of birds and beasts, both wild and domesticated, useful and harmful, with which the people of the Nile Valley came into daily contact, to hieratic stylization in portraying the pantheon of animal-headed gods and the sacred and fabulous creatures that inhabited their devotional, funerary and magic world. The scholarly descriptions and informative captions that accompany this amazing bestiary place each animal depicted in its proper context in relation to man, to the environment, and to the gods. From geese to monkeys, crocodiles to scorpions, the list is virtually endless, while the superb artistry and extraordinary range of the subject matter will open the eyes of Egyptologists and naturalists alike to a subject that has never previously been so superbly displayed and explained. 250 color illustrations. REVIEW: Philippe Germond is a Professor of Egyptology at the University of Geneva. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Animal-headed gods, scarab beetles, mummified cats, crocodiles, and bulls are ubiquitous in Egyptian life. An amazing number of birds, monkeys, fish, and insects can be easily identified from their detailed portrayals in tomb reliefs, sculpture, or manuscripts. In addition to the animals they encountered in their daily lives, Egyptians worshiped a large, mostly animal-headed pantheon ("Who was that baboon-headed god, anyway?"). Mirroring the distinction in Egyptian life, Germond (Egyptology, Univ. of Geneva) divides the book into the secular and sacred sections. Within those sections, he groups animals by species, discussing waterfowl in one section and ibis-headed gods in another. It is Livet's photographs, though, that grab the reader. Most are life-sized, with meticulous and stunning detail. For the quality of the illustrations alone, the book is a worthy addition to most collections; Germond's text raises it to the level of a critical addition to any but the most limited of Egyptian collections. And the baboon-headed god is usually Thoth, patron of writers. [Library Journal]. REVIEW: Philippe Germond, a professor of Egyptology at the University of Geneva, has created “An Egyptian Bestiary”, highlighting, in 280 lavish color illustrations, the Egyptian perception of animals as representations of divine creativity, from the secular and mundane world of craftsmen to the sacred realm of priests, pharaohs and gods. The ancient Nile Valley boasted a diverse, sometimes bothersome and even dangerous array of wildlife and domesticated animals. Though the Egyptians used animals for labor and nourishment, they also viewed them as "the visible signs of primeval forces that it was necessary... to "propitiate" [Publisher’s Weekly]. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This beautiful book has a large format: 13 x 10 inches, with 224 pages. Of equal importance are the essays about the various animals, fish and birds known to the ancient Egyptians, and the photographs of wall paintings, statues, reliefs, and objects of everyday use representing the life forms. Every page has at least one photograph. Many are full page, with a few being double page ones. All are in color. Each illustration is briefly described, the original site of the object or its current location (usually a museum or private collection) is given, and sometimes the scientific name of the life form represented. The illustrations are in support of the essays: Forward, Introduction, The Secular world-- Animals as human resources, Animals as companions, Animals in competition with man, Animals in writing. The Sacred World--The pantheon, Sacred animals, The funerary, magic, and mythical world, Animals and humor. The appendices are: Principal gods and their animal representations, Outline chronology, Select bibliography, Index of sites and collections, and Illustration credits. If you have a modestly large collection of books about Ancient Egypt, you may find that quite a few of the photographs are of objects familiar to you. However, the photos are very well done, and in many cases are detailed close ups of portions of the objects so that they are, in this way, new material. Other photos are of objects rarely or never before presented in books. When I first received this book, I was somewhat disappointed, as I expected a marriage of illustrations of Egyptian art together with photographs and perhaps short essays about the those animals now still extant, their life habits, and how Egyptians related to them. Now I realize how hard this would have been to carry out, and such a book must await a collaboration of Egyptologists with wildlife experts. As it is, this book presents original and interesting insights into the ancient Egyptian's world viewpoint and daily and intellectual life as revealed by their writings and the artwork they produced. REVIEW: Fabulous pictures, wonderful explanations. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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