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Soulful CreaturesAnimal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

Edward Bleiberg; Yekaterina Barbash; Lisa Bruno

Published by GILES in association with the Brooklyn Museum

Add to Cart US$40.00

Published — October 2013 (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 152 pages, 280 × 220 mm, (8½ x 11 in), portrait

Illustrations — 125 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£25.00/US$40.00

ISBN — 978-1-907804-27-4

Press Release — Shedding new light on the ancient world

News  —  Soulful Creatures opens tomorrow at the Bowers...

Sales Points

"This beautifully illustrated book...sheds new light on the uniquely Ancient Egyptian practice of animal mummification" Sarah Griffiths, Ancient Egypt Magazine

"Soulful Creatures is especially to be commended for its beautiful illustrations"—Kmt: The Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt

"The book provides an excellent overview of animal cults in ancient Egypt presented in a language suitable for the general public as well as being appropriate for scholars"—Salima Ikram, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Accompanies a major travelling exhibition - Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA, March 22-June 15, 2014; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, October 18, 2014-January 18, 2015; Brooklyn Museum , NY, Summer/Fall 2015

About the Book

In the ancient burial grounds of Saqqara, outside Memphis, over five million individual ibis mummies have been excavated from one cemetery alone. Yet the mummification of animals and its role in ancient Egyptian culture has remained shrouded in mystery. What was the religious purpose of these animal mummies? How were they made? And why are there so many?

Soulful Creatures is the first proper survey of this fascinating side of ancient Egyptian life, and takes a closer look at the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned Egyptian collection, which includes snake, dog, and hawk mummies; crocodile and falcon coffins; and baboon votive offerings. By drawing on archaeology, cultural history, and modern medical imaging, including x-rays of the mummies, this volume represents a cross-disciplinary investigation into the many contentious theories of animal mummy practice. Accessible to the general reader who wants to understand more about animal mummies, it offers a new understanding of the ancient world through some of its most extraordinary surviving artifacts.

About the Author(s)

Edward Bleiberg is Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum; Yekaterina Barbash is Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum; Lisa Bruno is the Head Conservator of Objects at the Brooklyn Museum