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The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity [Hardcover]

Salima Ikram , Aidan Dodson
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20 July 1998
Mummies have gripped the popular imagination through highly publicized discoveries and macabre horror movies. But for the ancient Egyptians, mummification and a full set of magical "machinery" including a tomb, a sarcophagus, masks, amulets and canopic jars was essential to secure eternal life. This work comprises a survey of the entire panoply of Egyptian burial equipment over 3,000 years. Part 1 provides an overview of burial rites and tomb development, from the Giza pyramids to the Valley of the Kings and beyond. Great discoveries are documented, from Belzoni's early explorations to Tutankhamun's magnificent tomb and recent scientific detective-work using x-rays and CAT-scanners. Part 2 provides a detailed survey of changing burial practices during the pharonic era. The authors reveal the evolution of methods for treating the body. All important innovations are described, incorporating the latest research, some carried out by the authors themselves.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; First Edition edition (20 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500050880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500050880
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 20.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *Real* Egyptology for a change! 26 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As an Egyptologist I am always sceptical about the content of any book with a glossy cover glamourously featuring the pyramids or any other item of famed treasure, half expecting the author to present themselves as another Graham Hancock.
However, 'The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity', is not only a highly resourceful reference book for Egyptologists studying the material aspects of funerary religion in ancient Egypt, but also makes a fantastic read (and I add accurate at this point - there is very little of the glamourisation so often encountered in popular books and television series which falsify the true essence of Egyptology) for the general reader. If one is simply interested in learning something about ancient Egyptian funerary art or the religious ideas behind mummification then this book is a really good place to start. The information provided is reliable and presented in an interesting and easy to understand manner.
It is not only incredibly well illustrated with photographs and drawings of mummies, jewellery, masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment, but has large colour plates of the finest artefacts.
It also discusses the development of mummification, amulets and jewellery, masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment and their varying visual forms and the religious beliefs behind their iconography.
I really can't find a way to express the value this book, which is so interesting to read and highlights many of the issues that makes Egyptology so interesting to the general reader, yet it also provides ample evidence for the scholar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written by 2 experts 9 Jun 2013
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I am currently studying an Egyptology course and this book was recommended by my lecturer who has worked with both the authors. I consider it to be an excellent publication, and also very readable for someone with previous knowledge of mummification/funerary culture.

I bought this book 2nd hand from Black Gull Books (via Amazon) and was delighted with the "almost new" condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars *Real* Egyptology for a change! 7 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As an Egyptologist I am always sceptical about the content of any book with a glossy cover glamourously featuring the pyramids or any other item of famed treasure, half expecting the author to present themselves as another Graham Hancock.
However, 'The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity', is not only a highly resourceful reference book for Egyptologists studying the material aspects of funerary religion in ancient Egypt, but also makes a fantastic read (and I add accurate at this point - there is very little of the glamourisation so often encountered in popular books and television series which falsify the true essence of Egyptology) for the general reader. If one is simply interested in learning something about ancient Egyptian funerary art or the religious ideas behind mummification then this book is a really good place to start. The information provided is reliable and presented in an interesting and easy to understand manner.
It is not only incredibly well illustrated with photographs and drawings of mummies, jewellery, masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment, but has large colour plates of the finest artefacts.
It also discusses the development of mummification, amulets and jewellery, masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment and their varying visual forms and the religious beliefs behind their iconography.
I really can't find a way to express the value this book, which is so interesting to read and highlights many of the issues that makes Egyptology so interesting to the general reader, yet it also provides ample evidence for the scholar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful 8 Oct 2000
By Seti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Those who are interested in Ancient Egyptian mummification practices will find this book fascinating. Each aspect of the funerary practices is described in great depth, following its development through different periods of Egyptian history. It is a very detailed account, with lots of illustrations. Absolutely great analysis of the royal mummies; fascinating photos - which, I admit, might gross some people out, but that's what makes them so great.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable Summary of Everything a Layman Wants to Know 15 Dec 1998
By M. Broderick - Published on Amazon.com
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This book delivers on what it promises--It is a readable and fascinating book on Egyptian funeral practices (mummies, sarcophagi, accoutrements, etc.), and how they changed over thousands of years. There is a useful appendix with a table summarizing how different aspects of funeral practice changed over the course of Egyptian civilization. The photography is excellent, though some of the illustrations of the mummies themselves are a bit spooky!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Descriptive and informative for experts and amateurs. 5 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a very interesting book with excellent illustrations and very informative. It is a hard book to put down. It is highly recommended even for someone who has a slight interest in the subject of mummification.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very interesting 15 Feb 2000
By KAB - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt. Lots of pictures. The book should be of interest both to the general public with a vague curiosity about mummies and to egyptologists who want to learn more about the latest research in this area.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 23 April 2014
By Sandra Yost - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful book, showing all that you need to know about the death and the afterlife and the equipment the ancients thought we needed to get and life in the otherworld.
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