The Egyptian Art And The Ancient World

1353 Words Dec 11th, 2015 6 Pages
Egyptian art has influenced upcoming art in the ancient world. What really brought influence into ancient art were the statues the Egyptians created. The Egyptians made statues mostly for the pharaoh, but we will also discuss how statues were a huge religious part of mummification. The Egyptians defined statues has living images and were made for the ka—the soul of a person—in order to receive offerings in their tomb. This started an expansion of small statues and had many reliefs created for religious purposes. Art historians are not sure of how the custom of creating these kinds of statues originated from, but this custom has remained until the Christian era. Because of these statues, it not only shows the culture of Egypt but the influence it brings the influence into other ancient statues in the ancient world. Especially through sculpture, the idea of the human body in sculpture has developed because of these statues. Statues were made in a variety of stone, but it depended on the geology of the country. Most royal sculptures were carved in granite, quartzite, diorite, or other hard stones while non-royal sculptures usually worked in limestone. Another common popular material was also wood, but also very rare and actually was a little different in style than the statues in stone. However, wood is very hard to preserve so we see very little statues that are made of wood. Statues were carved in stone—mostly limestone--and the material and color symbolized…
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