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Amulets of Ancient Egypt [Paperback]

Carol Andrews

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Amulets were first made in Egypt as early as 4000 BC and became essential adornments for both the living and the dead. They were believed to endow the wearer, by magical means, with the properties they represent. An amuletic foot, for example, could be worn to ensure fleetness of foot; while the scarab beetle represented the new-born sun, and was the symbol of new life. Amulets in the image of powerful gods would be worn for protection; and malevolent creatures - like the male hippopotamus - would be worn to ward off the evil they represented. Carol Andrews presents a comprehensive account of the types of amulets made, their symbolism and their protective powers. She has also written "Egyptian Mummies" and "Ancient Egyptian Jewellery". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book,written by oneof the leading experts on amulets 24 Aug 1998
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I had the pleasure of hearing the author lecture at an Egyptian conference at the Brooklyn Museum a few years ago. Her fascinatiing text and brilliant slides lose none of their impact as they find their way into print in this handsome little book. Some of Ancient Egypt's most beautiful and magical objects are the smallest in size, as evidenced by the amulets shown here by Ms. Andrews. Required reading for all Egypto-philes!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian Amulets 10 Jun 2007
By Friend of Ancient Egypt - Published on
Still the best comprehensive reference on the subject.

"Amulets" covers a broad range of concepts and ideas that demonstrate what it meant to BE an ancient Egyptian. A superb account of gods, myths, legends, materials used, and most importantly, symbolism. The 112 pages are filled with excellent black & white and color close-ups demonstrating the great skills of the ancient craftsmen.

A great little book that every Egyptologist has on their bookshelf! Goes nicely with Cyril Aldred's "Jewels of the Pharaoh's" Jewels of the Pharaohs: Egyptian Jewelry of the Dynastic Period
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Survey Book 4 Aug 2004
By J. Babcock - Published on
I used this book for my senior thesis in college. While the information is more or less generalized, Andrews still adequately covers the majority of Egyptian amulets in existence. It's definitely a great survey book about amulets from the pre-dynastic to the Graeco-Roman period.

Another plus is that it includes numerous color plates of different kinds of amulets from different periods in Egyptian history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amulets of Ancient Egypt 22 Dec 2007
By Didier - Published on
The most recent reference book on Egyptian amulets although incomplete. Any serious amateur must also buy 'Amulets' by Sir William Matthew Finders Petrie (The Martin Press, London) and the beautiful 'Gifts of the Nile' edited by Florence Dunn Friedman (Thames and Hudson).
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive and compact introduction 19 Jun 1999
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This is a very nice and lovely done view into ancient craft. The tiny but nevertheless greatly powerful amulets give us an impression about their owners. After reading the book and consider the colourful pictures you feel very close with them.
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