Egyptian art

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Allison Cuadrado Dreher
Art appreciation
16/07/2010
Egyptian Art

-A view of the pyramids at Giza from the plateau to the south of the complex. From right to left are the Great Pyramid of Khufu,the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. The three smaller pyramids in the foreground are subsidiary structures associated with Menkaure's pyramid.

-The Temple of Edfu in 1865 byZangaki
This temple was completed by Ptolemy VIII (Soter II) and bears a text reading "...hacking to pieces the Meshwesh, slaughtering the Shasu, massacring the Tjeker" Names of people we know from MedinetHabu supposedly 1000 years before.

-Sphinxes is a mythological creature that is depicted as a recumbent feline with a human head. It has its origins in sculpted figures of lionesses with femalehuman heads (unless the pharaoh was depicted as the son of the deity) of Old Kingdom Egypt in association with their solar deities, Bast or Sekhmet.

-Egyptian architectural columns can be more orless divided into two basic classes. The first type are polygonal columns which, over a period of time, increased its number of sides from four to sixteen. The second class are stone imitations ofplants such as the papyrus, palm and lotus. It is possible that these imitations are a reflection of earlier times when structures were supported by bundles of plant material and palm logs,perhaps bound together with ropes, animal hide and mud.

-Sculpture has been central in religious devotion in many cultures, and until recent centuries large sculptures, too expensive for privateindividuals to create, were usually an expression of religion or politics.

-Paintings that decorated the walls of the tombs in Egypt were intended to keep alive the history. The pictures and models foundin Egyptian tombs were connected with the idea of providing the soul with helpmates in the other world. These wall-paintings provide in extraordinarily vivid picture of life as it was lived in...
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