Egypt's idols - Jake Herring

Ancient Egypt worshiped many gods, goddesses, the Pharaoh and even cats.  Many government officials were also honored though artwork.  This gallery includes statues from this time, sorted in chronological order we can see the changes in Egyptian sculpture over the years.

Some of the earliest sculptures found were these Reserve Heads. Carved from limestone only 33 of these heads have been found. It's generic features and signs of intentional damage suggest it was intended for use in rituals.
Based on a translation from the base of this painted wood statue depicts the government official Metjetji. His left foot and arm are both extended and he holds a staff in his left hand, the right hand rests at his side clenched in a fist.
This Limestone statue shows a man with his family. His wife kneels on his left side while his son stands at his right. The man is proportioned much larger than his wife and child for emphasis. Once again his left leg is extended slightly forward.
This statue, dated from the 12th Dynasty, is carved from granite and depicts King Senwosret III. This statue has many fine details etched into both the king and his throne. Hieroglyphics flank both of his legs.
This granite, near life size, statue is another prominent government official. The left leg follows the common trend being slightly extended. hieroglyphs down the front show both his name and title.
This kneeling figure of Senenmut is another piece carved from granite and is proffering a symbol dedicated Hatshepsut. There is minor erasure on the hieroglyphs around the base however much of the detail has survived the years.
This granodiorite (a stone similar to granite) bust depicts the goddess Sakhmet, the daughter of Re. Portrayed with a feline face and a sun disk on her headdress to symbolize her role as the eye of Re. Many fine details are etched into the stone to add texture to her hair and clothes.
This Figure from the 22nd dynasty is crafted of bronze and gold and depicts King Osorkon I. Gold is used for the king's cloths as well the hieroglyphs on his chest. Once again the left leg and arm are both extended.
This slate statue depicts the goddess Isis holding her infant son Horus. Isis supports her son with her left hand while Horus holds his mother's right arm. Fine lines are etched into Isis' hair for texture and hieroglyphs circle the base.
The last figure depicts Osiris and is made of leaded bronze with gold and electrum inlays. Though damaged we can still see evidence of high levels of detail. Gold around Osiris' neck gives texture similar to a pharaoh's necklace. He also holds the crook and flail which are also associated with Pharaohs.
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