POWER AND MOVEMENT OF THE ANICENT EGYPTIANS

Using the visual theme of movement, I chose to highlight art over the years  of Egyptian Dynasties that show movements. The subject-based themes inspiration is History of The Dynasties of the Egyptian Culture Most of these pieces are funerary art often depicting scenes from the Book of the Dead, a book of spells to be used in the afterlife.

Horemheb grave relief shows movement in this Ancient Egyptian piece of wall. This piece is housed in the National Museum of Antiquities. The representation is of the tomb of the commander of Tutankhamun’s army. The movement in the sculpture shows soldiers bringing in captives. His tomb is adorned with gold; these are representative of his many victories. Four years after the death of Tutankhamun he became a pharaoh.
The movement is shown in this funerary art by featuring musicians playing at a dinner in the tomb of Paatenemheb. This piece depicts a blind harpist playing while Paatenemheb is having dinner with his wife and their two daughters. This tomb was created sometime between Tutankhamen or Horemheb’s reign as Pharaoh. The texture of this wall is limestone made in 1333-1319 B. C.
This piece was created in the Middle Kingdom Dynasty 11 during the reign of Mentuhotep II 2049-1998 B.C. This funerary piece is for his Queen Nefru representing a train of female singers or possibly dancers in a musical procession; representing movement. It was a normal part of the culture to have religious rituals, celebrations and festivals in the temples or palaces often including the military.
This wooden stela funerary piece was during the 22 Dynasty 900-712 B.C. created for Nechtefmut. This piece shows movement by the offering of incense to the god. The separation of the legs and the outstretching of the hands holding the burning offering indicate movement going on. Color is used indicate fire burning on to of the incense pot.
This Egyptian mummy coffins are often painted with magic spells for use in the afterlife; this is an example. This scene represents the proverb 151 from the Book of the Dead. Movement is represented all over this piece, there is the soul of the deceased flying, mummification is taking place and the goddess seem to be half kneeling and praying. This coffin was created in 710-680 B. C for Petsis an official that worked in the temple.
Antionio Beato created this piece from 1880-1889. It is a representation of an ancient Egyptian wall that would be in a temple. It shows offerings being given to the Pharaoh. Movement is shown by the spacing of the legs of the men and showing the outstretching of hands.
This piece was created sometime between 10,000-500 B.C. and is part of the William Randolph Hearst collection. Like a lot of the artwork no a lot is know about the artist, nor the exact time period. The piece shows men water pouring as movement and kneeling possibly working.
This papyrus piece of art is a part of the Book of the Dead of Padikhonsu. The movement is show through offerings to the god Osiris. Blue lotus flower are depicted as fragrant flowers in the temples of the Pharaohs. Created sometime 1100-950 B.C. on created on papyrus.
This piece comes from my favorite childhood museum the Brooklyn Museum. My affinity for Egyptian art comes from my visits. This is another unknown piece called Ancestor block. Movement is shown in this piece again by the stance of the men and their out stretched arms holding offerings.
This is another Antonio Beato piece made sometime during 1880-1889. There is a purification going on during this piece so there is a lot of movement. There is water being spread and praying and holding of hands. The medium used was albumen sprint print.
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