Studies on Scarab Seals Volume 1

BookStudies on Scarab Seals Volume 1

Studies on Scarab Seals Volume 1

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts


December 31st, 1992





The two volumes Studies on Scarab Seals are the most authoritive yet written on the classification and chronology of scarab styles, and cover the period 2200-1550 BC. Volume I deals with the early history of scarab manufacture down to Amenemhet I. An Appendix by Dr. S.I. Bishara describes the life cule and habits of the scarb beetle, and Professor Ward also discusses the significance of the scarab form. Volume II, by Olga Tufnell, continues the stylistic history, covers the roal-name scarabs, and extends the study to include the archaeology of Middle Bronze Age Palestine. (

This illuminating study investigates the use of proportion in Egyptian art, and defines exactly the traditional canon which had been suspected by archaeologists before, although never properly examined. Iversen shows that the ancient artists proceeded along lines established at the dawn of Egyptian representative art, to produce the elegant formality which is their outstanding hall mark. The most outstanding contribution to the scientific archaeology of Egypt in the last twenty five years.' (The late Prof. J. Cerny, Professor of Egyptology at Oxford)