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Egyptian Art 2 Egyptian Art Introduction The paper is a critical examination of Egyptians art. What are brought forth in this essayare the main characteristics of the Egyptians arts as well as what art mean to the Egyptians. It isworth noting from the onset that art has been used to describe varied culture, in this case Egypt isno exception. Egyptian art is the style in which ancient Egyptians especially from 5000BC to about300AD used to paint, making sculptures, crafts, as well as architecture. Additionally, it is worthremembering that ancient art in Egypt was totally different from what we see today informs oftemples and pyramids of the pharaoh times (Robins, 2001). Historically, it was as from as early as the eight millennium that those who lived in lowerNile valley started making engrave drawings on cliffs. This was used to show the basics of theirway of life which incorporated life in the wild, hunting scenarios, herds of cattle. On the samenote, these people used long lasting materials to show case their piece of art for instance stonesand ivory (Charlotte, 2001). Additionally, there were incidences where pottery vessels that wereplace where one was buried, figures of people as well as animals and female whose sexualattributes had been portrayed in an abnormal manner leaves us to suggest that these individualswere closely linked to issue related to fertility. According to Charlotte, 2001 it is worth noting again that Egyptian art are so distinct andcan be retrieved by any body and relate it to early Egyptians art, thanks to their well spelt outcharacteristics. The art was expressed in form of paintings and sculptures both being verysymbolized and stylized. The origin of most of the art is from tombs and monuments; this
Egyptian Art 3suggests that these individuals laid serious consideration on life after death as well assafeguarding indigenous knowledge. Main characteristics of Egyptians arts As previously mentioned, the distinguishing characteristics of Egyptian art are what makeit possible for every one to distinguish them from museums as well as printed media. The maincharacteristic of Egyptian art is that it did change very little through out the seven periods ofartistic development. These periods include predynastic, old kingdom, middle kingdom, newkingdom, Amarna period, late period and Ptolemaic. According to Robins, 2001 various paintings as well as other form of art in Egypt tendedto have very clear as well as hierrogyphic characteristics on them. For instance, most of theEgyptian arts comprised of some of the gods the Egyptians worshipped, had gold as well asbeing engraved. Additionally several of the art pieces were a bit complex made up of certainsymbols and markings that depicted certain attributes for instance the social status of the person,whether the sculpture represent someone who is alive or dead. The symbol and marking used forthis include hands crossed that hold the ankh Another distinguishing characteristic of Egyptian art is the use of a grid having eighteensquares so that attaining suitable and accurate proportion of figure is guaranteed. For instance afigure that was to be portrayed while standing had to exactly measure six cubits. On the same note, Egyptian art have within it a sense of deep humanity. This has played amajor role in making such arts be recognized and appreciated after thousands of years. Thepersonalities that the art tried to depict are still with use, additionally the scenes that the art triedto depict are also still with us and are very familiar with each and every individual around theglobe (Andrews, 2010).
Egyptian Art 4 During the middle kingdom era, the pieces of art that depicted the pharaoh as being aperfect being were left behind and what was adopted was a painting and sculpture that showedthem being very old and wrinkled. Later during the new kingdom period, the artist returned to artthat portrayed pharaohs in the perfect way as being young and invincible. As suggested by Andrews, 2010 another main characteristic was the use of blue-greencolor that resembled turquoise that was linked to Hathor, the important goddess. Metals werealso used in making statues, temple fittings as well as cult implements. It is worth noting thatgold and silver were also employed in making cult statues. These two metals were not used inregion as a result of the value as well as the association the Egyptians had with especially gold.Generally, speaking the main characteristics of Egyptian art are the three elements it emphasized,engraving, painting and sculpturing. What art mean to Egyptians Although art in other regions especially in the west was viewed as an act of personalexpression, in Egypt, this was not the case rather it heavy symbolize their culture, beliefs, way oflife and religion. Considering the fact that some ancient art constituted herds of cattle, scenes inhunting, this meant that Egyptians especially those in the lower Nile valley were hunter gatherersas well as nomadic. Similarly, some painting had mages of festivals as well as battles this shownEgyptians where they have come from hence their history (Charlotte, 2001). In the same line, there were also incidences where there were pottery engraved with somewriting place beside where a dead person was buried. This clearly depicted that Egyptiansbelieved in life after death (Robins, 2001). Similarly, the well crafted pieces of art especiallyconcerning architecture clearly shows us that Egyptian hold dear their style in construction ofhouses as well as other infrastructure.
Egyptian Art 5 When it comes to religion, most of the art do have some show casing of religion. Themost important gods as well as goddess have been incorporated and engraved in metals, paintedas well as sculptured. On the same note, most of the art of the ancient time in Egypt shows howimportant the people held it as it depicted the influence of their kings. Last but not least, artlinked most of the Egyptians with their natural world. Most of the art especially painting didclearly demonstrate the association between man and nature (Robins, 2001) Conclusion From the review of Egyptian arts, it is apparent that there are clear characteristic thatmake the art very easy to distinguish from museums as well as print media such as books. On thesame note, art meant a lot to Egyptians not like what there culture might see-an expression ofpersonal feeling. To Egyptians art represent their culture as well as religion.
Egyptian Art 6 ReferencesAndrews, M (2010). An Introduction to Egyptian Art. Retrieved on 30 Novemeber2010 from http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/artoverview.htmCharlotte, J. (2001). Characteristics of Ancient Egyptian Art. Retrieved on 30 November 2010 from http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ancient_egypt_for_children/70373Robins, G. (2001). The Art of Ancient Egypt. New York: Harvard University Press