Egyptian Sculptors make the best of death

This gallery include sculptures from the Ancient Egyptian time periods that were created for certain funerary customs.  

This is an Ancient Egyptian sculpture of a man who is wearing a kilt made of canvas covered with plaster. He is doing a certain pose representing a force of the deceased. Resting at 69cm tall, the majority of the sculpture is made of polychrome ebony. This interesting material to sculpt a figure of a man, this is because I know that this was not an easy material to get a hold of. The simplicity if color and detail made this a really authentic and interesting sculpture, as well.
This sculpture depicts all kinds of aspect of life in Ancient Egypt. We see a cow giving birth to a calf and two natives who are aiding her. These kinds of things were popular in tomb and funerary paintings, but this specific representation is a 3D model and the only one of it'd kind. The "blocky" shape gives the sculpture a retro feeling.
This sculpture shows an court official seated next to his wife and child. People assume that this was made for Ka-nefer's tomb at Saqqara. Egyptians believed that sculptures like these placed as homes for the spirit of the individual. I like that simplicity of one main color and the size difference between Ka-nefer and his spouse and offspring, it puts emphasis on the main topic of the sculpture itself.
This sculpture shows the Ancient Egyptian word "Ankh" which means "life" in the center while being accompanied by two mummified personnel depicting Senebef and Ipta, Ipta. The one at the top is the female mummy known as Meri. I personally enjoy the placement of the mummies around the word to depict the status of the depiction.
This sculpture shows hieroglyphics representing something about the life of Mentuemhet. We see a woman balancing a, rather large, object on her head surrounded by a vast amount of symbols. This piece can from Mentuemhet's tomb. I enjoy the variety of colors and the usage of symbols, which is very popular among Ancient Egyptian art.
This is a sculpture of Snefru-nofer that was found in his tomb in Giza, Egypt. To be completely frank and simply blunt, one could say that this is just a statue of a naked man. However, this was done to show his muscular figure, representing how dominant he was. This sculpture is made of polychrome limestone, which was one of the popular materials in Ancient Egypt. I think it's interesting how he was sculpted in a nude to show his muscles, but there is not that much detail to bring that meaning out more.
This sculpture came from an Ancient Egyptian tomb. This simply represents the deceased. As you can see, all around the head and hand, there were inscriptions depicting something about the travels of the deceased. With this being a broken piece of a tomb there's not that much to this, but the use of limestone is very interesting.
This sculpture depicts a nude female dancer who is performing funerary dance called The Khetebt. This statue is made of simple limestone but the design her figure is interestingly carved. There isn't that much detail in the piece, but it is not needed. It gives the meaning to the viewer which is enough for me personally.
This sculpture simply depicts the lively appearance of Chantress Nehy sitting in a chair, holding a rattle used to worship Hathor, the goddess. The sculptor put a lot of detail into her clothing and haristyle to emphasize that she was wealthy. This, like the sculpture of Ka-nefer, was for a tomb in Saqqara.
This is an oil lamp sculpture that has two fishermen and the view of Alexandria in the background. This oil lamp was sculpted using a material called Terracotta. The sculptor decided to show the city by making two levels of buildings, which, I believe, was a good way to give it the harbor perspective. Personally, I feel like a little color difference would have made this a masterpiece, but that's just my opinion. In retrospect, no having a variety of colors could have some sort of symbolism to it.
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