is thepainting, sculpture, architecture andother arts produced by the civilizationin the lower Nile Valley from 5000 BCto 300 AD.
• keen observation and exact representation of actual life and nature• strict conformity to a set of rules regarding representation of three dimensional forms dominated the character and style of the art of ancient Egypt• completeness and exactness• highly religious• idea of order• Clear and simple lines combined with simple shapes and flat areas of color• figures were drawn to sizes
Subjects depicted• gods and goddesses• Pharaohs• actual life and nature
A cartouche is an oval frame which surrounds thehieroglyphs that make up thename of an Egyptian God or royal person.
Illustration 1 - shows the three elementsused to create the cartouche: the ovalframe; the stand; and the rope which bindsthe other two together.Illustration 2 - shows the three partscombined to form a basic cartouche frame.Illustration 3 - shows the frame of thecartouche decorated with small hieroglyphs.
• Hieroglyphs are word pictures which represent the sounds of the Ancient Egyptian language.• In this cartouche we have enclosed the hieroglyphs that spell out the sounds of the name Michael.• Note that although there are seven letters in the name Michael, there are only four basic sounds M - I - K - L. Therefore we only need to use the hieroglyphs that represent those sounds.• A more detailed explanation of this translation process is given on our hieroglyphics pages.