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  Egypt has been creating its own special art for a period of 5000 years. Egyptian Art has used the state religion as its prime theme for this period of thirty dynasties. Egypt is best known for its carvings. The art of carving reached its first peak in 2600 B.C.. Egyptian Art includes a range of art forms like stone carving of large and small statues and wall art. Egyptian figures (human forms)tend to posesss a certain regal presence which glorifies the ruling case.

The innate style of Egyptian art has resisted outside influence over centuries. Perfect observation and representation of life forms and symbolism (specially the use of symbols for Gods and Godesses) with less weightage to beautification characterizes Egyptian Art.

An important reason for the emphasis on vivid depiction of life forms is the Egyptian belief in life after death and their expectation that the dead would bank on their art for company in the “other world”.

 A mortar was not used in Egyptian architecture. Work was planned such that the stones - made of sun-dried and kiln baked bricks, granite, limestone or fine sandstone – fit exactly into one another like a jigsaw. Monumental Pyramids and decorative tombs like that of King Tutankhamen are world renowned Egyptian architectural works.

Papyrus texts ( on a kind of paper derived from the plant papyrus) written in a hieroglyphic(pictorial script from which some common languages like Roman evolved) are purely Egyptian. In fact, the word ‘paper’ itself was derived from ‘papyrus’!
Ancient Egyptian literature also gave the world some of its most common and widely read stories such as ‘Cinderella’ (“Rhodopis” was her name in the oldest Egyptian version of the story). Seatite was often used by ancient Egyptians for their sculpture and pottery. They sculpted images of their Gods, Kings and Queens – called ‘Pharaohs’. Some of their pottery represented internal organs of the body (removed prior to embalming) and carved vases, etc were placed with the dead (embalmed bodies) in chambers where they were buried.

The themes of Egyptian painting included protective Gods of the underworld and man’s voyage through life after death. Some paintings in tombs give an overview of the lives of the deceased and their great deeds. Egyptian paintings survived for centuries because of the dry climate and their impact has survived in the minds of people for lifetimes due to the strong beliefs behind them and the sheer excellence with which they have been portrayed.


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