Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

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A fascinating mix of archaeology, history, and medical imaging shedding new light on ancient Egyptian animal mummies, this fully illustrated volume explores the important role granted to animals in Egyptian life—they were seen as equals to humans within creation, endowed with souls. By providing vital background information, backed up with scientific examination of the techniques of mummification, this new book is the first proper, accessible survey of this fascinating side of ancient Egyptian life. It is full of...

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Overview

A fascinating mix of archaeology, history, and medical imaging shedding new light on ancient Egyptian animal mummies, this fully illustrated volume explores the important role granted to animals in Egyptian life—they were seen as equals to humans within creation, endowed with souls. By providing vital background information, backed up with scientific examination of the techniques of mummification, this new book is the first proper, accessible survey of this fascinating side of ancient Egyptian life. It is full of amazing images of mummies, sculptures, and small decorative objects.

Accompanies a major travelling exhibition - Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA, March 22-June 15, 2014; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, October 18, 2014-January 18, 2015; Brooklyn Museum , NY, Summer/Fall 2015.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This beautifully illustrated book…sheds new light on the uniquely Ancient Egyptian practice of animal mummification”— Sarah Griffiths, Ancient Egypt Magazine

"Soulful Creatures is especially to be commended for its beautiful illustrations"—Kmt: The Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt

"The book provides an excellent overview of animal cults in ancient Egypt presented in a language suitable for the general public as well as being appropriate for scholars"—Salima Ikram, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907804274
  • Publisher: D Giles Limited
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,165,643
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Edward Bleiberg is the Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Yekaterina Barbash is Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Lisa Bruno is the Head Conservator of Objects at the Brooklyn Museum

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    I purchased this book as a present for a friend who has read a l

    I purchased this book as a present for a friend who has read a lot about ancient Egypt. This is his main hobby, so I took a chance by buying this book.I only hoped that since it was so recently published, it would contain information her had not yet read about. I was not dissapointed. He loved this book. It's full of information he hasn't read before, not just a rehash of the same old facts and information. The topic is one that isn't often written about in such detail which made it especially interesting. The numerous, bright, large color photographs are an added bonus. A great book!

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