The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity

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The Mummy in Ancient Egypt is the first modern account to survey the entire panoply of Egyptian burial equipment over 3,000 years. It first examines burial rites and tomb development, from the Giza pyramids to the underground chambers in the Valley of the Kings and beyond. Great discoveries are described, from Belzoni's early explorations and the uncovering at Thebes of the royal burial caches to Tutankhamun's magnificent tomb and recent scientific detective-work using X-rays and CAT-scanners. The book then provides the most detailed survey ever of changing burial practices during the pharaonic era. Working from the mummy outwards, Ikram and Dodson reveal the evolution of methods for treating the body, wrapping it, adorning it and sheltering it. In so doing, they give for the first time a comprehensive account of the development of mummy masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment. All the latest research is incorporated, some carried out by the authors themselves.
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An up-to-date digest of what is known about mummies and their immediate appurtenances, with detailed discussion of the physical preservation of the body and a close examination of the developments seen in its containers and adornments. Ikram (Egyptology, American U. of Cairo) and Dodson (archaeology, U. of Bristol) also cover the history of mummies' disinterment, from early grave-robbers to the most recent non-destructive investigations. Includes a chronology, timeline, glossary, list of the cemeteries of Egypt, maps, and other resources. Beautiful color and b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500050880
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Chronology 8
Introduction 13
Ch. 1 The Ancient Egyptian Burial 15
Ch. 2 The Resurrection of the Mummies 61
Ch. 3 Mummies and the Art of Mummification 103
Ch. 4 Amulets, Jewellery and Other Ornaments 137
Ch. 5 Wrappings 153
Ch. 6 Masks and External Ornaments 166
Ch. 7 Coffins 193
Ch. 8 Sarcophagi 244
Ch. 9 Canopic Equipment 276
Timeline 294
Glossary 308
The Cemeteries of Egypt 310
Maps 312
Gazetteer of the Royal Cemeteries 314
The Royal Burial Caches 316
The Kings of Egypt: Their Mummies, Coffins and Sarcophagi 317
The Royal Mummies: A Descriptive Catalogue 320
Mummies in the Media 331
Abbreviations and Bibliography 332
Sources of Illustrations 345
Index 346
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