Egypt's Greatest Art

1676 WordsFeb 24, 20187 Pages
After the collapse of the Old Kingdom, the First Intermediate Period brought forth power struggles throughout the country. It was not until the rise of the great Theban king Mentuhotp II that there is a reunification of the war-torn Egypt. The first king, Amenemhat I, name a new capital, Itj-tawy, founded south of the historic city of Memphis. Amenemhat I’s decision was in part due to the realization that he could not simply rule all of Egypt from the south; as a result, the Twelfth Dynasty of Egypt was comprised of seven kings from Thebes, with arguably the most powerful and famous of them all being King Senwosret III, who was the fifth pharaoh in the line and is said to have ruled for a period of thirty-seven years from 1878 to 1841 BCE. On a recent trip to the Brooklyn Museum, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to witness some of Ancient Egypt’s greatest artistic feats ranging from stelas to limestone heads. Upon entering the gallery, I was immediately greeted by the seated statue of King Senwosret III. While it is one of the more compact statues of the great king, only standing approximately twenty-two inches tall, its beauty and sheer power is not lost. The ability to walk around the three dimensional statue made the experience even more valuable, as one could really see the piece for its intended use. Although a lot has changed within Egypt during these years, many artistic elements stayed the same and transferred from the Old Kingdom into the Middle Kingdom.
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