Gifts for the Gods: Images from Ancient Egyptian Temples

Gifts for the Gods: Images from Ancient Egyptian Temples
I discovered when researching a paper that this book is now out of print (luckily I already have one) but you can too: you can read it online or download it as a pdf from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Throughout their long history, the ancient Egyptians crafted luminous statues of bronze, copper, silver, and gold for use in interactions with their gods—from ritual dramas enacted in the inner sanctuaries of temples to festival processions and celebrations attended by the multitudes. This volume, which accompanies an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the first to focus on the art and significance of Egyptian metal statuary. Marshaling fresh insights to present a new appreciation of this lustrous work, the authors trace continuities in the development of the statuary, illuminate how its production was integrated within artistic and social structures, and examine its potential role in ritual practice."


  1. Thanks for the reminder. I downloaded this some time ago ... but haven't had a chance to read it yet. So many books, so little time!


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