Egyptian arts

By: Alonso Perez

In the so-called Saitic period large stone sarcophagi came into vogue again in Egypt. The period is sometimes termed the Saitic renaissance. The sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet, who hailed from a Greek immigrant family, is made of solid basalt.
In ancient Egypt the god Horus was
 the divine representation of the living king, commonly shown as a man with 
the head of a falcon. Horus in Roman military costume expressed the ancient Egyptian god’s power. They also served to validate Roman political dominance by clothing the divine manifestation of the ancient Egyptian king in Roman costume.
Systems of belief were complex. As a family unit, Serapis, Isis and Harpokrates developed from the ancient Egyptian divine triad of Osiris, Isis and Horus. Isis was the mother of the living king Horus, he was often shown with a sidelock of hair and his finger to his mouth.
The woman in this fragmentary painting from a tomb wall has a wig of long, full hair, and is held by a flowered headband. She is also holding rattle called a sistrum. This shows that she may have served with the temple staff of God Amen.
The relief fragments once decorated the walls of a temple built at the beginning of the Ptolemaic Period at Kom el-Akhmar. The Budapest fragments were found in 1907 by an Austro-Hungarian expedition sponsored by Fülöp Back.
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