Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt
Edited by Salima Ikram
Divine Creatures by Salima Ikram
Book DescriptionThe invention of mummification enabled the ancient Egyptians to preserve the bodies not only of humans but also of animals, so that they could live forever. Mummified animals are of four different types: food offerings, pets, sacred animals, and votive offerings. For the first time, a series of studies on the different types of animal mummies, the methods of mummification, and the animal cemeteries located at sites throughout Egypt are drawn together in a definitive volume on ancient Egyptian animal mummies. Studies of these animals provide information not only about the fauna of the country, and indirectly, its climate, but also about animal domestication, veterinary practices, human nutrition, mummification technology, and the religious practices of the ancient Egyptians.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774248580
(240mm x 178mm x 28mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Salima Ikram
Divine Creatures, Paperback (November 2015)
A new look at animals and the afterlife in ancient Egypt, in an updated paperback edition.
Prisse d'Avennes. Egyptian Art, Hardback (October 2014)View all books by Salima Ikram
An ardent admirer of the superb skills of the ancient Egyptian and Oriental artisans, the French Orientalist, author, and artist Emile Prisse d'Avennes (1807-1879) made enormous contributions to the field of Egyptology. This volume contains 51 plates based on drawings made during his years in Egypt.
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Author Biography - Salima Ikram
Salima Ikram is associate professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. She is co-author of The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity (AUC Press, 1998).
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