“Jewelry was worn by ancient Egyptians at ev…

“Jewelry was worn by ancient Egyptians at every level of society and, like their modern descendants, they prized it for its aesthetic value, as a way to adorn and beautify the body. It was also a conspicuous signifier of wealth, status, and power. But jewelry in ancient Egypt served another fundamental purpose: its wearers saw it as a means to absorb positive magical and divine powers―to protect the living, and the dead, from the malignant forces of the unseen. The types of metals or stones used by craftsmen were magically important, as were the colors of the materials, and the exact positioning of all the elements in a design.

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry: 50 Masterpieces of Art and Design draws on the exquisite collections in the archaeological museums of Cairo to tell the story of three thousand years of jewelry-making, from simple amulets to complex ritual jewelry to the spells that protected the king in life and assisted his journey to the Otherworld in death.

Gold, silver, carnelian, turquoise, and lapis lazuli were just some of the precious materials used in many of the pieces, and this stunningly illustrated book beautifully showcases the colors and exceptional artistry and accomplishment that make ancient Egyptian jewelry so dazzling to this day.”

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry: 50 Masterpieces of Art and Design, by Nigel Fletcher-Jones

“During the half-millennium from the elevent…

“During the half-millennium from the eleventh through the sixth centuries BC, the power and the glory of the imperial pharaohs of the New Kingdom crumbled in the face of internal crises and external pressures, ultimately reversed by invaders from Nubia and consolidated by natives of the Nile Delta following a series of Assyrian invasions.

Much of this era remains obscure, with little consensus among Egyptologists. Against this background, Aidan Dodson reconsiders the evidence and proposes a number of new solutions to the problems of the period. He also considers the era’s art, architecture, and archaeology, including the royal tombs of Tanis, one of which yielded the intact burials of no fewer than five pharaohs. Afterglow of Empire is extensively illustrated with images of this material, much of which is little known to non-specialists.”

— Afterglow of Empire: Egypt from the Fall of the New Kingdom to the Saite Renaissance, by Aidan Dodson

“The Nile, like all of Egypt, is both timele…

“The Nile, like all of Egypt, is both timeless and ever-changing. In these pages, renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey downriver that is both history and travelogue. We begin at the First Nile Cataract, close to the modern city of Aswan. From there, Wilkinson guides us through the illustrious nation birthed by this great river.

We see Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple. We visit the fertile Fayum, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and finally, the pulsing city of Cairo, where the Arab Spring erupted on the bridges over the water. Along the way, Wilkinson introduces us to the gods, pharaohs, and emperors who joined their fate to the Nile and gained immortality; and to the adventurers, archaeologists, and historians who have all fallen under its spell. Peerlessly erudite, vividly told, The Nile brings the course of this enduring river into stunning view.”

— The Nile: Travelling Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and Present,

by Toby Wilkinson

Myth, Mystery and Magic, Religious Imaginati…

Myth, Mystery and Magic, Religious Imagination in Ancient Egypt will consider beliefs and ideas garnered from pre-civilized hunter-gatherers, as well as from ancient Mesopotamia, the pre-Socratics, and even from Siberian shamanism. But, all of this will be in support of our broader exploration and interpretation of the myths, symbols and sacred language of the ancient Egyptian religious imagination. During our excursion, we will undoubtably find that the ancient Egyptians never quite conformed to the rules of Western logic. 

Indeed, in trying to sort through the diverse permutations, transformations, and intertwining of deities, not a few Egyptologists have thrown up their hands in horror, frustration and disgust. In short, it is often difficult to understand, let alone isolate, the names, attributes or nature of one deity over against another. But, this too is an emblem of a deeply mythological consciousness that I would like for us now to explore.

— Myth, Mystery, and Magic: Religious Imagination in Ancient Egypt, by Sandy Krolick

egypt-museum: “Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts, Bo…

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“Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts, Book of the Dead, and various texts in the royal tombs of the New Kingdom have proved resistant to consensual classification. Clearly designed for a single individual (the tomb owner), these “personal” texts yet provide the greatest insights into the broader religious concerns of the country, including the relation of gods to men, the conception of afterlife, the judgment of sins, etc. 

Moreover, there is little hesitancy on the part of the speaker of these spells to mingle praise and threats, respectful “prayer” an demands. Opinions as to the nature of this literature has, accordingly, varied.”

The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice

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