Egyptian animal imagery has long been admired for its beauty and
morphological accuracy, but the postures and activities of depicted
species have received less attention. Animal Behaviour in Egyptian
Art takes a unique approach by documenting the way in which
mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and insects are shown
behaving in Old Kingdom tomb scenes from Giza and Saqqara and then
comparing these representations with current zoological knowledge
of contemporary fauna. This comprehensive study reveals that the
Egyptians were acutely aware of the natural behaviour of many
different species and that their artists found ingenious ways to
depict this within the constraints of their idiosyncratic method of
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