Oh, what a relief it is to be in Egypt! - Kaitlyn B.C

Throughout time many cultures have used carvings called "Reliefs", a technique where the sculpted elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material. The Egyptians were no exception and were known to use the sunken relief technique that required strong shadows to define the image. These pieces in particular are from the Middle Kingdom Dynasty in Egypt.

Horemheb was the last pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt. He ruled somewhere around 1319 BC. He is said to have not been connected to royalty in any way. Carved into limestone, this relief was all on the same plane therefore, implying the unknown artist wanted everyone to see all perspectives of this. Such as hierarchical status difference between the servants’ size compared to Horemheb who is a giant compared to them.
Carvings like this were common in tombs because the were thought to provide music to the tomb's owner in death.
These female attendants are carved in a very shallow way that doesn't reveal shadows but instead, precise lines.
This is a Fragmentary relief showing two pairs of horses harnessed to a chariot (now lost), as part of a royal procession scene.
Ramesses the II has many versions of reliefs of himself during his reign. Notice the deep shadows on top of his head and shoulder that add depth to this fragmented carving.
This was at the beginning of the Ptolemaic Period at Kom el-Akhmar, near Sharuna temple. These fragments of limestone seem to be showing a pharaoh with servants.
This relief of Tutankhamun is actually a bas-relief which is a shallow overlap and relative depth of the elements is distorted. Bas-relief is also known as a low relief that is the common relief in Asian cultures.
This a relief of three officials named Werenkhnum, Djay, and Ameny. The height of this is 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm) and is a sunk-relief.
These men have caught an crocodile.The main reason is the type of relief it is, it is very much a high relief. That means half the mass of the sculpted figure projects from the background, making it the most prominent elements of the composition.
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