Originally posted on LJ on Dec 3, 2010
Today I’m reviewing the book “Reading Egyptian Art” by Richard Wilkinson.
I have to say that I’m very impressed with this book. This is the first book that I’ve read in a long time that presented any new material for me to learn. And after reading this book, I feel like I could potentially navigate looking at AE reliefs with a bit more knowledge and ability.
This book is set up pretty simply. On any given spread, you will see a hieroglyph and it’s name. On the right side, you’ll see the glyph explained in detail about what it represents, it’s symbolism, uses, etc. On the left hand side, you’ll see various pictures and examples of the glyph being used. It makes a nice reference, esp. when you’re looking at some relief, and want to know more about it. In the back, there is a basic index of Alan Gardiner’s hieroglyphs, in case you’re wanting the full list.
The only down side to this book is that I wish he covered more glyphs. I flip through the back, and look at other symbols, and I want to know what they mean, what they represent. I wish there was a full reference of every major AE hieroglyph, so that I could study it more. Other than that, I have no complaints with this book. I learned a lot of mythology I didn’t know before, I learned more specifics about the gods that I was unaware of, and I got to learn more about the basic symbols you see all the time, but usually aren’t explained well.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book if you’re interested in learning more about symbolism and hieroglyphs in AE art.