Egyptian Art

There are certain elements that make the art of ancient Egypt unique. The Egyptians held as their number one goal to reflect order. Since the environment of Egypt is unpredictable, and the life of an ancient Egyptian was very dangerous, they wanted their culture to show the ability to control nature.

When you look at a piece of Egyptian artwork, analyze the following aspects:

1. Style (Body positions, colors, clothes, jewelry, etc.)
2. Theme (What is the picture showing)
3. Symbols (Including hieroglyphics)
4. Characters (Gods, pharaohs, regular people, enemies)
5. Purpose (Why was this art made?)
6. Message (What is the image trying to make you think?)

1. In this relief carving, the pharaoh Ramses II (aka Ramses the Great) smites his enemies.

2. The Narmer Palette is a decorative makeup case that is more for artistic purposes than for makeup.

2. This sketch shows more clearly the images of the Narmer Palette, one of the most important art pieces in all of Egyptian history.

3. This image shows an Egyptian farmer plowing his field.

4. One of the most famous images of the afterlife.

5. An important statue from the Museum of Fine Arts shows King Menkaure (builder of the third Great Pyramid at Giza) and his queen.

6. Tomb painting showing a dead pharaoh in the company of two important gods.

7. This image shows the god Thoth steering a boat passenger across the Nile. Notice the circles symbolizing the sun disc.

8. King Tutankhamun's death mask made of gold and precious stones.