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Westerdorf, Wolfhart. Painting, Sculpture and Architecture from Ancient Egypt. New York: Abrams, 1968
Quality art history text and visuals. Excellent source for color photographs of Egyptian Art to share with students.

Schuman. Art from Many Hands. Prentice-Hall, 1981.
Multicultural art projects for home and school. YouŽll find useful information on hieroglyphs in the section Arts of the Middle east.


Schuman. Art from Many Hands. Prentice-Hall, 1981.
Multicultural art projects for home and school. YouŽll find useful information on hieroglyphs in the section Arts of the Middle east.


Slides
Available from:

Universal Color Slide Company
8450 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34238-2936
Telephone: 1 800 326 1367


Used in this lesson were:

Slide 5031 Sarcophagus of Artemidorus
Slide 501S Cover of the Coffin of Tutankhamen




Web Sites
DIA Visual Resources Department athttp://www.diamondial.org

1st Steps Reading Hieroglyphs at http://www.fnspo.cz/mmm/egypt/hiero/1.htm
Information on hieroglyphs best suited for adult/teacher. Also at this site you may find useful visuals.

Write Your Name in Hieroglyphs at http://www2.torstar.com/rom/egypt/
Fun and informative for both adult and children.

Quizmaster Your Name in Hieroglyphs at http://www.quizmaster.com/hiero.htm
Online hieroglyph translator. You can enter a name, word or phrase to be translated.

A Short History of Hieroglyphs athttp://khety.iut.univ-paris8.fr/~rosmord/intro/intro.html
Useful information on various aspects of hieroglyphs best suited for an adult or teacher.


This was one of several lessons from a unit of study on art of the Middle East. Prior to this lesson we viewed art and discussed the structure of society, daily life and religious beliefs in ancient Egypt. Students were asked:
  • How do we know so much about life in ancient Egypt?
  • What are the similarities and differences in the structure of ancient Egyptian society and our own?
  • What purpose did most Egyptian art serve?


For this specific lesson we viewed and discussed various examples of hieroglyphs, using charts, hand-outs [Click for hieroglyph chart] and posters of hieroglyphs and slides and posters of ancient Egyptian art listed above. Students were asked:
  • How do people communicate in various ways
    (from earliest cave art to modern day technology) ?
  • Are hieroglyphs a form of writing or a form of art?


SymbolsThe teacher presented these points:
  • some pictures/symbols represent an idea (ideogram) (see right)
  • some pictures/symbols represent sounds (phonogram) (see right)
  • hieroglyphs were usually drawn or carved in between lines or columns, usually vertical but sometimes horizontal
  • often carved hieroglyphs were painted though much of the original
    colors are gone
 

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