Everyone is well aware of the magnificence of Egyptian art at the time of the pharaohs, but what about the works of art that proceeded them? These are more simple forms, to be sure, but the elements of the great Egyptian masters have their foothold in this special time. This book embraces that era.
Pristine statues and masks, male and female figurines vie with statuettes of monkeys and other animals, amidst these pages. The funerary excellence at Abydos with its mud brick façade is also fascinating. Some of the pieces, such as ceremonial palettes, are awash in intricately carved designs of animals and birds, writhing snakes and jackals. The excavations at Hierakoupolis were marvelous and I found the extensive section of notes at the back of the book and chronology to be extremely beneficial, as well.