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The Canonical Tradition in Ancient Egyptian Art

The Canonical Tradition in Ancient Egyptian Art

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Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: April 1990
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 1996
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521365901

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  • From the beginning of Egyptian dynastic history (c. 3000 BC), Egyptian artists worked within a set of specific rules for image making. The system was established in order to depict and to justify the ambitions of the ancient Egyptian elite, and was so successful that virtually no other forms of image making survive in the archaeological record. This book describes the rules for making correct canonical images at the levels of technique and subject matter, and explores the way in which these rules were expressed and transmitted from artist to artist over 3,000 years. Although it uses up-to-date visual and archaeological data, it presumes no specific knowledge of ancient Egypt and aims to introduce the fundamentals of Egyptian art to readers with general interests in Egyptian art, history and archaeology.

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    • Date Published: April 1990
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521365901
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.989kg
    • contains: 94 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 1996
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Introduction
    2. The canonical representation of figures and groups
    3. Variability, covention, and laws
    4. The order of iconography
    5. Academic production
    6. The emergence of canonical conventions
    7. The explanation of invariance: toward a history of the authority of the canonical image
    List of abbreviations

  • Author

    Whitney Davis

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