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Thirty centuries ago most of the mummified bodies now lying linen-wrapped in the British Museum were alive in ancient Egypt. Why did the Egyptians try to preserve their dead for eternity? How did they achieve it? Carol Andrews answers these questions in a fully illustrated survey of the techniques of mummification, the religious beliefs which lay behind the practice, the ornate coffins and elaborate tombs which housed the bodies and the grave goods which accompanied them. She explains how animals also came to be embalmed and relates the curious role assumed by Egyptian mummies in European culture and mythology.
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Carol Andrews has long been a member of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum. She is author of The Rosetta Stone and Catalogue of Egyptian Jewellery in the British Museum.Review:
When Ira Gershwin wrote the lyrics to "A Foggy Day," he expressed the ne plus ultra of London unhappiness with the words, 'The British Museum has lost its charm.' As a new series of paperbacks from Harvard University Press...demonstrates, such an unthinkable state must needs constitute the very slough of despond. The institution's vast range of artistic treasures is suggested by the titles in the series: The Elgin Marbles, Assyrian Sculpture, Clocks and Watches, Egyptian Sculpture, Roman Britain, and Egyptian Mummies. Each has numerous illustrations, [and] literate texts by Museum staff members. (Boston Sunday Globe)
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Descripción Harvard University Press, 1984. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110674241525
Descripción Harvard University Press. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0674241525 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1977777
Descripción Harvard University Press, 1984. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0674241525