Essay on Ancient Egypt

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Ancient Egypt One of the greatest and most enduring human civilizations established itself in the Nile Valley. Over thousands of years the Egyptians shaped their civilization and have portrayed their canonical nature within their art, literature, and architecture.
The Egyptians adhered to their rules and their standards of belief and behavior in their daily lives. The artistic canon is well represented in Egyptian tomb paintings. For the Egyptians, art was made to serve a particular purpose, usually a religious one. Religious beliefs largely dictated what artists created, especially the paintings that filled Egyptian temples and tombs.
Temples were decorated with paintings and filled with statues of gods and kings in
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Death was considered a necessary transition to the next world where the dead would lead a life similar to life as they knew it. This belief was the reason for the embalming of bodies, the abundance of funerary offerings, the statues, the relief carvings, the inscriptions and, of course, the paintings.
The relief painting "Ti Watching a Hippopotamus Hunt" was painted in the year 2400 BCE. This was during the time of the Old
Kingdom ( Dynasty V), when Egyptians were constructing their mastabas (or tombs) out of limestone (Lesko). The Egyptians built their mastabas as comfortable homes for the dead to live in during the afterlife. These tombs were filled with many treasures, paintings and messages. The painting "Ti Watching a
Hippopotamus Hunt" is from one such tomb at Saqqara; The Mastaba of Ti. Ti was the royal hairdresser during the early V Dynasty, as well as the controller of the farms and stock that belonged to the royal family. In the tomb paintings, the important people portrayed were given a large, out of scale size. The overlapping of outlines was avoided and all parts of the body were represented as flatly as possible. By portraying the Egyptians in this way [Profile of the face, frontal view of the eye, frontal view of the upper body, arms - one in front, one at the side, and a profile of the legs] all the body parts needed in the afterlife would be properly expressed and thus, available to the deceased (Lesko). The consistency
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