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Stories, games and secrets of the art world to entertain the whole family as you walk round museums. Fun facts and colourful examples make sure young readers take the trouble to actually see what they're looking at! Any book which makes 9-12 year olds laugh - and make them 'wonder why' - must be a winner!
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OFF THE WALL MUSEUM GUIDES
This is promoted as a collecter's edition, perhaps because of scarcity . . . though apparently published in 2010 (with a gorgeous cover and 300 pages) it is conspicuous by its absence from Amazon stock . . .
Prodouced by The Supreme Council of Antiquities
Rizzoli Art Guides
The Coptic Museum, founded in Old Cairo in 1908, houses the world's largest and most exquisite collection of Coptic artifacts, representing every historical era, from the earliest Christian period to the nineteenth century.
Structured as a guide, but fully illustrated with superb color photographs, this book takes readers through the various exhibits, explaining and illuminating the aesthetic and religious importance of each of the museum's works on display, such as icons, stelae, sculptures, wall paintings, altar screens, liturgical implements, vestments, and bible caskets. Textiles, ceramics, and documents (including the Nag Hammadi Gnostic Library from the fourth century, one of the most important collections of papyri in the world) provide valuable insights into the economic and social life of Egypt's Copts over the last two thousand years.
This Margo Veillon collection - bequeathed to the American University in Cairo - shows how she was not only an interpreter of movement and energy, but also a chronicler of rural Egyptian life - a life that is fast disappearing under pressure of modern urbanization.
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by Zahi A. Hawass and Sandro Vannini, Thames & Hudson Ltd (2006)
The first book to reproduce - in full - the wall paintings and murals of the royal tombs in "The Valley of the Kings" - one folding out from five full pages. The book is interestingly structured so that the illustrations follow the story of 'the journey of the dead', rather than the more us.
All the major archaeological sites of Egypt and Sudan. A unique, and extremely useful, feature is the separate entry allocated to every king of Egypt, from its birth as a state to Alexander the Great - from Abgig to Zoser. This 'World of Art' book has wide appeal - for tourists, armchair travellers and serious scholars.
A helpful chronology and an introduction to the various gods and to the explorers who sought their tombs makes a useful start to this information packed reference book. Gloriously brimming with close-up photographs of the statuary, stelae, sarcophagi, wall paintings, reliefs, artifacts, and monuments, this book details the major discoveries across Egypt from Alexandria to the Monastery of St. Catherine and from the pyramids of Giza to Abu Simbel.
White Star publishers have established a well-deserved reputation for beautiful, large books (10.5 x 14.5 inches), containing some of the best photographs of ancient Egypt seen in print.
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Perhaps the popularity of faience in ancient Egypt was due to the radiance and brilliance of the material - to the Egyptians a perfect metaphor for life, death and rebirth. This book analyzes the symbolic values and meanings of ancient Egyptian faience - a luxury material - with illustrations of nearly 200 pieces (drawn from public and private collections in Europe and America). We sees how ancient Egyptian was produced - and what they made with it: faience dolls, mummy masks, amulets, chalices, bowls, inkwells, jewelry, tiles and inlays for furniture - even baby feeders docorated to magically protect mother and child.