Figures of Egypt

When hearing the word "Egypt," one may typically think of mummies, pyramids, and hieroglyphics. Egypt's history has been extensive and rich, producing many famous works of art. In this gallery, figurines and mummies provide a glance at notable Egyptian art, and shows a brief progression of the artistic styles of this area.

This piece serves as an example of how kings were portrayed in this period; Ka-nefer is the largest figure, because of his rank and importance, probably placed in his tomb to guide his spirit "home."
Horus is one of the oldest, and most well-known, of the Egyptian gods; he was seen as the sun god, lord of the sky, with a few other similar titles. His pose resembles that of statues in that period.
Anubis, an original god, protected and guarded the dead. This figurine shows how powerful he appears, with his strong stance and muscular physique. This figure could be placed in the home or a temple.
Prince Ankhhor was wrapped according to the custom of that day. The body, enclosed in three wooden coffins, was also wrapped in several layers of linen and a shroud. Observe the symbols on the mummy.
This statue is incredible, because it depicts a non-royal person, and a female at that. Statues of women usually had their legs closed, making this one unusual. She has a detailed, sexualized figure.
This piece depicts the god Osiris, god of the Underworld and the dead. While all the features are not exactly naturalistic, Osiris has human features, not those of an animal, as most of the gods did.
Egyptians viewed cats as powerful, magical creatures. They associated cats with gods and goddesses, and mourned the passing of cats. This magnificent statuette has gold and stones inlaid in the eyes.
This mask of an unknown person shows they had considerable wealth and social status, seen in the extensive use of gold. The bands on the headpiece tie in with sun-god and the individual's union to it.
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