The powerful image that the kings of Egypt presented to their subjects was so awe-inspiring and captivating that people today are still impressed by the compelling stories and imposing statuary of the Pharaoh. But the reality of Egyptian kingship was often much more complex, as Pharaoh: King of Egypt seeks to reveal.
Powerful, semi-divine and splendidly adorned, more than a hundred pharaohs ruled over Egypt during the 3000 years of ancient Egyptian civilization. This beautifully illustrated book explores the notion of the pharaoh as protector of the land and divinely-descended warrior priest to reveal the myths and realities of kingship in ancient Egypt. It examines the costume, crowns and regalia of the pharaohs, alongside contemporary literary representations, to discover how the concept of kingship was presented and perceived in ancient Egyptian society, juxtaposing images of strength and divinity with the mortality and human fallibility of the individual kings. The book includes stunning new photography to capture the colour, design and craftsmanship of over 120 objects from the British Museum's world-famous collection, including large-scale sculptures, plaques, tiles, papyri, jewellery and weapons.
An attractive, informative and affordable introduction to this perennially popular subject.
The author: Margaret Maitland is a curator of Egyptology at the British Museum.