G. R. G. Hambly, University of Texas at Dallas

After a general introduction, Ikram provides six chapters that address Egyptian ideas regarding the afterlife, human and animal mummification, funerary artifacts, the tomb itself, and mortuary cults. The text is both scholarly and lucid, and the choice of illustrations is entirely apposite and not merely decorative. This is a splendid volume for all students of ancient Egypt, and it cannot be recommended too highly. Nonspecialists will appreciate the useful glossary, chronology, and list of further readings. Highly recommended.