Essay on Hatshepshut v/s Kouros

Decent Essays
Ancient Egyptian and Greek statues have many similarities. Hatshepsut in a Devotional Attitude is an Egyptian statue from 1473-1458 BCE. It is almost 8 feet tall and almost 2.5 feet wide. It is made of granite and is a statue of Queen Hatshepsut, the wife of Tutmose III, one of the most dynamic egyptian kings of the eighteenth dynasty. The Marble Statue of a Kouros (youth) is an Archaic Greek statue from 590-680 BCE. It is a little over 6 feet tall and about 20 inches at its widest. It is the representation of a nude male figure and is made of marble. However, the artists of both the statues are unknown. Although both of these statues are human representations , neither precisely depicts what the actual human figure looks…show more content…
By 680-590 BCE, artists probably became more sensitive to body alignment along with posture. Kouros has his hands clenched by his sides, which is still an awkward pose but more realistic than the statue of Hatshepsut. Although the Kouros has a more realistic body, the statue of Hatshepsut has a more realistic face. The Kouros' head, as well as his eyes, nose, and mouth are too big for his body, whereas Hatshepsut's face is more realistic because her features are rightly placed even though her nose is missing. Because she is idealized and conforming to strict conventions of Egyptian art, she has features that are almost too good to be true. The surface textures of the statues affect their realism. Hatshepsut in a Devotional Attitude is made of granite, which makes the statue look immovable, whereas the Kouros is more realistic because marble makes its surface texture more smooth, almost skin like. Hatshepsut's stature probably made the artist represent her in an inaccessible manner, as seen in the use of red and black colored granite stone, which represents her unlike any common woman of her era whereas Kouros is made to seem more lifelike and closer to what a common greek man would look like. He is more approachable. They are both stylistic depictions of the human form that conform to the conventions of their respective cultures. Hatshepsut is a pharaoh whereas the Kouros is simply a young man; this is
    Get Access