Silent Images

Silent Images

Women in Pharaonic Egypt

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
Using images from the tomb paintings, statuary, and tomb reliefs of Egyptian civilization, the author provides readers with a visual introduction to women in ancient Egypt.

Book News
Written at the request of H.E. Suzanne Mubarak of Egypt, this volume was presented to each of the delegates of the UN's fourth Conference on Women. Hawass, an archaeologist who has done extensive research in his native Egypt, has produced a readable account for the lay reader of the various professions and occupations of women in ancient times, whether as queens, mothers, and wives; their functions at different levels of society; their clothing and adornment; and their role in religion. The superb photographs, reproduced in quality color reproductions, chronicle all types of monuments, great and small, in oversize format (10x12). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Hawass contrasts the stereotype - inspired by such symbols of femininity as the queens Nefertiti and Nefertari - with a more realistic view of the common woman's everyday involvement in matters ranging from family life to dress and adornment to the workplace. While their chief role in society was as mothers, women were the legal equals of men and they could, and did, own property. Silent Images sheds new light on ancient Egypt's distinctive culture.

Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000
ISBN: 9780810944787
Branch Call Number: 305.4093 HAW
Characteristics: 207 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm


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