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Prehistory to Egypt. up to circa 1,000 BC. Introduction. Period before writing Paleolithic , up to 13,000 BC Mesolithic , 13,000 - 8,000 BC Neolithic , after 8,000 BC Paleo=old, meso=middle, neo=new lithic=stone. The first “Art”. Development of early visual art Dark outline

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Prehistory to egypt

Prehistory to Egypt

up to circa 1,000 BC



Period before writing

Paleolithic, up to 13,000 BC

Mesolithic, 13,000 - 8,000 BC

Neolithic, after 8,000 BC

Paleo=old, meso=middle, neo=new


The first art

The first “Art”

  • Development of early visual art

    • Dark outline

    • Outline with one color fill

    • Outline with two contrasting colors

    • Multi-colored, realistic paintings

  • First “Sculpture” 30,000 - 15,000 BC

  • “Venus” figures

Venus of willendorf

Venus of Willendorf

  • c. 30,000BC

Cave painting

Cave painting

  • Lascaux France - 13,000 BC

    • Hall of the Running Bulls

Cave painting1

Cave painting

Cave painting2

Cave painting



  • Meso - “middle” & potamia - “water”

  • between Tigris & Euphrates rivers

  • circa 8,000 BC

  • Beginnings of Agriculture

    • Made a stable society possible

  • What is “Culture”?

    • Originally - transmitting knowledge of growing food

    • Now - all knowledge of a society

Map of mesopotamia

Map of Mesopotamia



  • Inventions

    • 1. Pottery

    • 2. Weaving

    • 3. Permanent houses

    • 4. Organized cities

    • 5. Buying and selling of crops

    • 6. Calendars



  • Inventions cont.

    • 7. Mathematics

      • the idea of “Zero”

    • 8. Writing

    • 9. Sail

    • 10. Wheel

Sumer 6 000 bc

Sumer - 6,000 BC

  • 4 inventions

    • 1. Writing

      • Cuneiform (“Wedge” shaped)

    • 2. System of Math based on 60

      • 60 seconds, 60 minutes, 360 degrees

    • 3. Wheel c. 3000BC

      • easier transportation

    • 4. Beer c.3500BC

      • safe drink

Sumer cont

Sumer cont.

  • Divine monarchy supported by armed forces

    • now the basis of all government

  • Ziggurat

    • stepped “pyramid”

    • reverential climbing

    • ritual, priests did praying, not people

    • used offerings, sacrifices



Tell asmar statues c 2 750 bc

Tell Asmar Statues, c. 2,750 BC

He goat c 2 600 bc

He-Goat,c. 2,600 BC

Standard of ur c 2 400 bc

Standard of Ur, c. 2,400 BC

Sumer cont1

Sumer cont.

  • Gilgamesh, c. 2,000 BC

    • ruler of Uruk (Erech in the bible)

    • first “Epic”/“buddy” story

      • Robinhood & Little John, etc.

    • Gilgamesh is oppressive king

    • the Gods send Enkidu to wrestle Gilgamesh

    • the match ends in a draw

    • they become friends

Gilgamesh cont

Gilgamesh cont.

  • They share many adventures together

  • They return to Uruk

  • Ishtar professes her love for Gilgamesh

  • Gilgamesh rejects her

  • Ishtar sends the bull of heaven to kill Gilgamesh

  • Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill the bull

Gilgamesh cont1

Gilgamesh cont.

  • for this the Gods condemn Enkidu to die

  • This greatly troubles Gilgamesh

  • He goes to Utnapishtim seeking immorality

  • Utnap. Shares the story of the great flood

  • He also tells Gil. Of the location of the plant of eternal life

Gilgamesh cont2

Gilgamesh cont.

  • It is located at the bottom of the sea

  • Gil. Swims and gets it

  • He returns to the surface and meets a snake

  • The snake tricks him out of the plant

  • Gil. Returns home and dies a lonely death

European ice age cultures

European Ice-Age cultures

  • c. 4,000 - 1,000 BC

    • Stonehenge c. 1,400 BC

    • various stone circles around northern Europe

    • man-made mounds



Stonehenge drawing

Stonehenge drawing



  • c. 1,900 - 539 BC

  • Hammurabi’s Code of Laws

    • An eye for and eye…

  • Nebuchadnezzer

    • Jewish capitivity (586-538 BC)

    • Temple of Entemenaki (Ziggurat)

      • Foundation of Heaven and Earth

      • may have been the “Tower of Babel”

Tower of babel

Tower of Babel

Babylon cont

Babylon cont.

  • Hanging Gardens

    • One of 7 ancient wonders of the world

  • Belshazzar (563-539 BC)

    • Daniel and the Lion’s Den

    • Samson and Delilah

  • Assyria


    • c. 1,000 BC

    • Mesopotamia

    • First militaristic state

    • Huge cites with master plan

      • laid out to show “class” system

    • Sargon II - built, occupied, and abandoned in 1 generation (20 years)



    • 539-331 BC

    • took over Babylon

    • network of roads

    Persia cont

    Persia cont.

    • Zoroastrianism

      • 1st ethical, monotheistic religion

      • Twin evil spirit (devil) to the one God

      • Personal religion, no rituals, priests, or temples

      • waiting for coming savior, judgement, resurrection



    • Hebrews, 12 tribes

    • earliest written Bible from time of King David, 1,000-961 BC

    • Third King - Solomon 961-922 BC

    • Temple of Solomon

      • House of the Lord

      • not a place for common worshippers

      • plans detailed in I Kings, 5-9

    Temple of solomon

    Temple of Solomon



    • General Concepts

      • Non-Western cultureAfricaIndiaFar East

      • Western culture – influenced by the Greeks

    Circular view of time re occurring cycles

    Circular view of time, re-occurring cycles

    • (also by Meso-american peoples)

    Western view of time as linear

    Western view of time as linear

    Past Present Future

    Africa cont

    Africa cont.

    • All art is useful, no “art” for arts sake

    • Not written, oral transmission

    • Art as symbol of traditions

    • Reinforce practices that keep tribe alive

    Literature drama

    Literature / Drama

    • Mythology / Myth

    • popular def. - Impossible or untrue story

    • Real def. – profound human truth portrayed by a fictional story (proverb, parable, fable, etc.)

    • Strong ethnic/tribal identity

    2 basic questions of story telling

    2 basic questions of story-telling;

    • Where did we come from?

    • Where do we go?

    • Trickster tale

      • 1 character tricks or betrays another

      • good and bad tricksters

      • has a “moral” at the end



    • Northern Africa

      • Muslim/Islamic

      • Arabic

      • Small groups

      • Vocal and instruments



    • Western Africa

      • Complex rhythms/Polyrhythms

      • Repeated patterns with soloist

      • Percussion, sometimes with vocal

      • Unaccompanied vocal

      • Large Ensembles

      • Essential for all ceremonies

    Visual arts

    Visual Arts

    • Art classified by purpose

    • Household objects

      • Head rests

      • Stools

      • Pot lids

    Visual arts cont

    Visual arts cont.

    • Fetish figures

      • Object with supernatural powers

      • Power in relation to size

      • Good or bad

      • Composite works



    • Initiation rites

    • Transition from child to adult

      • Bar Mivtoza

      • Drivers License

    • Dance costumes

    Kente cloth

    Kente Cloth

    • Geometric

    • Simple Colors

    • Strip weaving

    • Strips sewn together to make larger pieces of “fabric”

    • Each tribe has it’s own pattern (like tartans to the Scots)

    Kente cloth1

    Kente cloth

    Kente cloth2

    Kente cloth

    Kente cloth3

    Kente cloth



    • Spirit

    • Ancestor

    • uses idea or trait of animal

      gazelle = fast

      lion = great hunter

    • never thrown away, but destroyed

    African mask examples

    African Mask examples

    Fertility figures

    Fertility figures

    • Continuance of tribe

      • Dolls (“Venus” type figures common)

      • Used by mother until childbirth

      • then given to female child to ensure her fertility

    Religious figures

    Religious figures

    • Creation myth

      • Primordial couple (Adam & Eve), or

      • Two pairs of twins

      • One destroys the other in a struggle of good vs. evil(Cain & Able, Egyptian & Greek myths)

    Reliquary figures

    Reliquary figures

    • Holds bones of ancestor (cremation urn)

      • Ancestor spirit in control

      • Older people almost worshipped in many tribes

      • “Elders” many times rule tribe



    • Very important

    • To be Ashante King, you had to be a good dancer

      • Mimics animals

      • Displays power, virtue, honors ancestors

      • Free expression



    • “religion without dance would be impossible”

    • Dance acc. By drums

    • Drum censorship



    • 4,000BC - 332AD

    • Longest, uninterrupted history of any culture

    Egypt cont

    Egypt cont.

    • Pre-dynastic

      • 4,000 - 3,000BC

    • Old Kingdom

      • 3,000 - 2,400BC

    • Middle Kingdom

      • 2,400 - 1,575BC

    Egypt cont1

    Egypt cont.

    • New Kingdom

      • 1,575 - 1,100BC

    • Late period

      • 1,100BC - 332AD

        • c. 600BC - conquest by Persia

        • 332AD - conquest by Rome

    • Ptolemaic period (Ruled by Rome)

      • after 332AD

    General concepts

    General Concepts

    • Protected by deserts, isolated

    • Depended on yearly flooding of Nile

    • Art in service of the Pharaoh

    • Order and Balance

    • 90% of population within 10 miles of Nile

    Maps of egypt

    Maps of Egypt

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    Egyptian MythologyINTRODUCTION The religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians were the dominating influence in the development of their culture.A true religion, in the sense of a unified theological system, never existed among them.The Egyptian faith was based on an unorganized collection of ancient myths, nature worship, and innumerable deities.In the most influential and famous of these myths a divine hierarchy is developed and the creation of the earth is explained.

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    CREATION  According to the Egyptian account of creation, only the ocean existed at first. Then Ra, the sun, came out of an egg that appeared on the surface of the water. Ra brought forth four children, the gods Shu and Geb and the goddesses Tefnut and Nut. Shu and Tefnut became the atmosphere. They stood on Geb, who became the earth, and raised up Nut, who became the sky. Ra ruled over all.

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    Geb and Nut later had two sons, Set and Osiris, and two daughters, Isis and Nephthys. Osiris succeeded Ra as king of the earth, helped by Isis, his sister-wife. Set, however, hated his brother and killed him. (Osiris & Isis legend, see below)Isis then embalmed her husband’s body with the help of the god Anubis, who thus became the god of embalming. The powerful charms of Isis resurrected Osiris, who became king of the netherworld, the land of the dead. Horus, who was the son of Osiris and Isis, later defeated Set in a great battle and became king of the earth.

    Nut and geb

    Nut and Geb

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    The Legend of Osiris and IsisThere were the four children of Geb and Nut;Boys - Osiris & SetGirls – Isis & NephthysOsiris married IsisSet married NephthysOsiris became the living king of EgyptSet was VERY jealous of thisSet tricked Osiris into getting into a gold box, which he then closed and threw into the NileSet took the throne of Egypt

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    This upset Set’s wife, Nephthys, and she left him to help her sister IsisTogether, Isis and Nephthys found the body of Osiris on the island of Byblos and brought it back to EgyptSet found the body and ripped it into 14 pieces, throwing them again into the Nile, where they were scattered.Isis and Nephthys went all over Egypt and found the 13 of the parts (all except the penis), building a temple to Osiris at each placeIsis then bound up the 13 pieces in cloth (mummification), and constructed a penisIsis turned into a Kite (a hawk) and flapped her wings on the body of Osiris, breathing the wind of life back into his body

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    Osiris and Isis then had a child, HoursIsis raises Horus in secret so Set cannot find himOsiris becomes the lord of the dead, as he was the fist person to dieWhen Horus grows up, he avenges his father’s death by defeating SetHorus castrates Set and sends him into the desert to live forever in isolationHorus becomes the “prototype” pharaoh, after which all pharaohs are viewed as divine, being “Horus”

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    LOCAL GODS Ennead, a group of nine divinities, and the triad, consisting of a divine father, mother, and son. Every local temple in Egypt possessed its own ennead and triad. The greatest ennead, however, was that of Ra and his children and grandchildren. This group was worshiped at Heliopolis, the center of sun worship. Their importance increased with the political ascendancy of the localities where they were worshiped. As the religion became more involved, true deities were sometimes confused with human beings who had been glorified after death. Thus, Imhotep, who was originally the chief minister of the 3rd Dynasty ruler Zoser, was later regarded as a demigod.

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    ICONOGRAPHY  The Egyptian gods were represented with human torsos and human or animal heads. Sometimes the animal or bird expressed the characteristics of the god. Ra, for example, had the head of a hawk, and the hawk was sacred to him because of its swift flight across the skyAnubis was given the head of a jackal because these animals ravaged the desert graves in ancient times.Because of the gods to which they were attached, the sacred animals were venerated, but they were never worshiped until the decadent 26th Dynasty. The gods were also represented by symbols, such as the sun disk and hawk wings that were worn on the headdress of the pharaoh.

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    SUN WORSHIP  The only important god who was worshiped with consistency was Ra, chief of cosmic deities, from whom early Egyptian kings claimed descent. Beginning with the Middle Kingdom (2134-1668 BC)Ra worship acquired the status of a state religion. During the 18th Dynasty the pharaoh Amenhotep III renamed the sun god Aton, an ancient term for the physical solar force.

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    Amenhotep IV, instituted a revolution in Egyptian religion by proclaiming Aton the true and only god. He changed his own name to Akhenaton, meaning "Aton is satisfied." This first great monotheist was so iconoclastic that he had the plural word gods deleted from monuments, and he relentlessly persecuted the priests of Amon. Akhenaton’s sun religion failed to survive, although it exerted a great influence on the art and thinking of his time, and Egypt returned to the ancient religion of polytheism after Akhenaton’s death.

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    BURIAL RITUAL - The Book of the Dead  Burying the dead was of religious concern in Egypt, and Egyptian funerary rituals and equipment eventually became the most elaborate the world has ever known. The Egyptians believed that the vital life-force was the ka. The ka, a duplicate of the body, accompanied the body throughout life and, after death, departed from the body to take its place in the kingdom of the dead. The ka, however, could not exist without the body; every effort had to be made, therefore, to preserve the corpse. Bodies were embalmed and mummified according to a traditional method supposedly begun by Isis, who mummified her husband Osiris.

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    After arriving in the kingdom of the dead, the ka was judged by Osiris, the king of the dead, and 42 demon assistants. The Book of the Dead also contains instructions for proper conduct before these judges. If the judges decided the deceased had been a sinner, the ka was condemned to hunger and thirst or to be torn to pieces by horrible executioners. If the decision was favorable, the ka went to the heavenly realm of the fields of Yaru.

    Anubis as the god of embalming

    Anubis as the God of Embalming

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    Gods and GoddessesAnubisAnubis was the son of Nephthys.Anubis was depicted as a jackal, or as a jackal-headed man.Probably because of the jackal's tendency to prowl around tombs, he became associated with the dead, and by the Old Kingdom.Anubis was worshipped as the inventor of embalming, who had embalmed the dead Osiris, thus helping preserve him in order to live again.



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    ApisAn early deity, probably the best known Egyptian deity represented only as an animal.He was represented as a bull crowned with the solar disk and serpent.He was primarily a deity of fertility.

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    AtenThe sun-disk itself.Aten was depicted as a disk with rays, each ray terminating in a human hand and bestowing symbols of "life" upon those below.

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    BastA cat-goddess.A protector of cats and those who cared for cats. As a result, an important deity in the home (since cats were prized pets).

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    GebThe god of the earth.He is generally represented as a man with green or black skin - the color of living things, and the color of the fertile Nile mud.Note that Geb is masculine, contrasting with many other traditions of Earth being female.

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    HathorA very old goddess of Egypt, worshiped as a cow-deity from earliest times.She was usually shown with a solar disk flanked by cow horns on her head.She was also the patron of love, dance, alcohol, and foreign lands.



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    HorusOne of the most important deities of Egypt. As the Child, Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis, who, upon reaching adulthood, avenges his father's death, by defeating and castrating his evil uncle Set. He then became the divine prototype of the Pharaoh.Shown with the head of a hawk.



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    ImhotepImhotep was a historical figure. He was the architect, physician, scribe, and vizier (adviser) of the 3rd Dynasty pharaoh Zoser.It was Imhotep who conceived and built the Step Pyramid at Sakkara.In the Late Period, Imhotep was worshipped as the son of Ptah and a god of medicine, as well as the patron of scribes. He was one of the few mortals born of common blood to be elevated to the rank of deity.

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    IsisPerhaps the most important goddess (or god, for that matter) of all Egyptian mythology.Her most important functions, however, were those of motherhood, marital devotion, healing the sick, and the working of magical spells and charms. She was believed to be the most powerful magician in the universe, owing to the fact that she had learned the Secret Name of Ra from the god himself.She was the sister and wife of Osiris, sister of Set, and twin sister of Nephthys, and was the mother of Horus. Isis was responsible for protecting Horus from Set during his infancy; for helping Osiris to return to life; and for assisting her husband to rule in the land of the Dead.

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    Nephthys"Lady of the House", the youngest child of Geb and Nut.The sister and wife of Set, and sister of Isis and Osiris; also the mother of Anubis.She abandoned Set when he killed Osiris, and assisted Isis in the care of Horus and the resurrection of Osiris. She was, along with her sister, considered the special protectress of the dead, and she was the guardian of Hapi, the protector of the lungs of the deceased.



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    NutThe goddess of the sky.Nut was generally depicted as a woman with blue skin, and her body covered with stars, standing on all fours, leaning over her husband Geb, representing the sky arched over the earth.

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    OsirisThe god of the dead, and the god of the resurrection into eternal life; ruler, protector, and judge of the deceased.Osiris was the first child of Nut and Geb, thus the brother of Set, Nephthys, and Isis, who was also his wife. By Isis he fathered Horus, and according to some stories, Nephthys assumed the form of Isis, seduced him thus, and from their union was born Anubis.Being the first person to die, he subsequently became lord of the dead.



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    Pharaohs as deitiesFrom earliest times in Egypt the pharaohs were worshipped as gods: the son of Ra, the son of Horus, etc. The pharaoh was looked upon as being chosen by and favored by the gods, his fathers.

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    RaRa was the god of the sun; the name is thought to have meant "creative power", and as a proper name "Creator", similar to English Christian usage of the term "Creator" to signify the "almighty God."Very early in Egyptian history, Ra was identified with Horus, who as a hawk or falon-god represented the loftiness of the skies. Ra is represented either as a hawk-headed man or as a hawk.In order to travel through the waters of Heaven and the Underworld, Ra was also depicted as traveling in a boat.

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    Prehistory to egypt

    SekhmetA lioness goddessCreated by Ra from the fire of his eyes as a creature of vengeance to punish mankind for his sins.

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    SelketA scorpion-goddess, shown as a beautiful woman with a scorpion poised on her head; her creature struck death to the wicked.She was also petitioned to save the lives of innocent people stung by scorpions and was also viewed as a helper of women in childbirth.She is depicted as binding up demons that would otherwise threaten Ra, and she sent seven of her scorpions to protect Isis from Set.She protected Qebehsenuef, the son of Horus who guarded the intestines of the deceased.She was made famous by her statue from Tutankhamen's tomb, which was part of the collection which toured America in the 1970's.



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    SetHe was the patron deity of Lower (Northern) Egypt, and represented the fierce storms of the desert that the Lower Egyptians sought to appease.When Upper Egypt conquered Lower Egypt and ushered in the 1st Dynasty, Set became known as the evil enemy of Horus (Upper Egypt's dynastic god).Set is best known for murdering his brother and attempting to kill his nephew Horus.Horus, however, managed to survive and grew up to avenge his father's death by establishing his rule over all Egypt, castrating Set, and casting him out into the lonely desert for all time.

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    Sobek the crocodile god sobek was worshipped to appease him and his animals

    SobekThe crocodile god.Sobek was worshipped to appease him and his animals



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    ThothThe god of wisdom, Thoth was said to be self-created at the beginning of time, along with his consort Ma'at (truth).Thoth was depicted as a man with the head of an ibis bird, and carried a pen and scrolls upon which he recorded all things. He was shown as attendant in almost all major scenes involving the gods, but especially at the judgement of the deceased. He served as the messenger of the gods, and was thus equated by the Greeks with Hermes.He is a god of the moon, and is also the god of time, magic, and writing. He was considered the inventor of the hieroglyphs.



    Literature drama1

    Literature / Drama

    • Old Kingdom – beginnings of Hieroglyphics - ("sacred carving")


    • Characters in any of several systems of writing in which the characters are pictorial, that is, represent recognizable objects.

    • The term hieroglyph is, however, most generally associated with the script in which the ancient Egyptian language was written; the Greeks applied the term to the decorative characters carved on Egyptian standing monuments.



    • The word hieroglyphic was later used to describe the pictorial writing systems of the Hittites, Cretans, and Mayans, but their systems are in no way related to one another or to the Egyptian, having in common only that they are pictorial.

    Ideograms and phonograms


    • Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions are composed of two basic types of signs: ideograms and phonograms.

    • Ideograms signify either the specific object drawn or something closely related to it; for example, a picture of the sun may mean "sun" or "day".

    • Phonograms, or sound signs, were used purely for their phonetic value and have no relationship to the word they are used to spell.

    Ideograms and phonograms1


    • The development of the principle, by which the picture of an object could stand not only for that object but also for a word with the same sound but a different meaning, made possible the writing of proper nouns and abstract ideas.

    • A sign might serve as an ideogram in one word and as a phonogram in another.

    • Most words were written with a combination of phonetic and pictorial signs.

    Ideograms and phonograms2


    • A picture of the floor plan of a house meant "house," but the same sign followed by a phonetic complement and a picture of a pair of walking legs was used to write the verb meaning "to go out."

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    ARRANGEMENT OF HIEROGLYPHIC INSCRIPTIONS  Hieroglyphic inscriptions could be written either vertically or horizontally, usually from right to left, or top to bottom.The direction for any given inscription is indicated by the individual signs, which normally face the beginning of the inscription. The king's two most common names were inscribed in cartouches or "royal rings," stylized representations of loops formed by a double thickness of rope with the ends tied at the bottom.

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    DECIPHERMENT OF HIEROGLYPHS  The Romans believed that Egyptian hieroglyphs were symbolic and allegorical, not phonetic; this theory prevailed into the time of the Renaissance. The breakthrough came in 1799, when a soldier serving in Napoleon's campaign in Egypt discovered the Rosetta Stone, a bilingual stela inscribed (196 BC) with a decree in honor of Ptolemy V in Greek, hieroglyphic, and demotic (“popular” writing form) Egyptian.

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    It was not until the work (begun 1821) of the French Egyptologist, Jean François Champollion, however, that the two Egyptian scripts were recognized as phonetic. In earlier stages of the work Champollion had predicted the hieroglyphic spelling of various royal names based on the demotic; these spellings were confirmed by actual cartouches on the Rosetta Stone and other Ptolemaic monuments. After identifying the names and titles of the Greco-Roman rulers, he combined the phonetic values he had so derived with his knowledge of Coptic, the late stage of the Egyptian language. This achievement enabled him to decipher earlier Pharaonic cartouches. In 1822 the decipherment of the script was completed.

    Hieroglyphic name translator web page

    Hieroglyphic name translator web page:


    Sculpture solid arts

    Sculpture / "Solid" arts

    • 1st and most important art form of the Egyptians

    • Small to life-sized

    • Realistic, with some idealization

    • Cubic, upright rectangle, frontal

    • To be viewed from the front

    • To glorify the king, and to give the spirit the things it needed for the after-life

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    Show parts of the body from their most identifiable side;Head – sideLower body – sideEye – frontUpper body – frontFace rarely shown from frontIdea was to preserve the essence of what was being shown, not always realistic.

    Old kingdom

    Old Kingdom

    • Oldest surviving metal statue

      • Pepi I (ruled 2395-2360BC)

        • Copper, circa 2300BC

    • Pottery

      • Well made

      • Variety of shapes

      • Usually un-decorated

    Old kingdom1

    Old Kingdom

    • Jewelry

      • Gold and precious stones

      • Animal and plant designs

    Middle kingdom

    Middle Kingdom

    • More realism (less idealization)

      • Jewelry

        • Precious metal inlaid with colored stones

      • Few large sculptures

    New kingdom

    New Kingdom

    • Combination of realism and idealization

    • Decorative arts

      • Well designed and made

      • Alabaster, ebony, gold, ivory, precious stones

      • Love of decoration

    Painting visual arts

    Painting / "Visual" Arts

    • Relief carving

      • Painting on carvings and sculptures

      • Tomb wall painting

      • Palette of King Narmer

        • 3100BC

        • Shows uniting of upper and lower Egypt

        • Make-up palette

        • Shows king in “smiting” pose

          • Arm raised in striking gesture

    Palette of king narmer

    Palette of King Narmer

    Treasures of king tut

    Treasures of King Tut

    Tomb plan

    Tomb plan

    Antechamber as found

    Antechamber as found

    Opening the three coffins

    Opening the three coffins

    Gold mask as found

    Gold mask as found

    Gold mask restored

    Gold mask restored



    Alabaster case

    Alabaster case

    Canoptic shrine

    Canoptic shrine

    Two part case

    Two part case

    Portrait head

    Portrait head

    Relief of selket

    Relief of Selket

    Tut s throne

    Tut’s throne

    Vulture pendant

    Vulture pendant

    Wooden chest

    Wooden chest

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    Architecture2nd most important art formOld KingdomImhotep, architect for ZoserStepped pyramid at Saqqarahc. 2,720BCGrew from mastaba (Ar. “bench”)

    Pyramids c 2700bc

    Pyramids - c. 2700BC

    • 80+ still in existence

    • Giza Pyrmid complex most famous

    • Oldest existent complete buildings in the world

    • Only remaining structure of the 7 ancient wonders of the world.

    • Necropolis – city of the dead

    Reconstruction of the pyramid complex

    Reconstruction of the pyramid complex

    Cheops khufu the great pyramid

    Cheops/Khufu (The “Great” pyramid)

    • 755’ 8” on a side (13 acres, area of 10 football fields)

    • 481’ tall (40 story building, 1 and 2/3 football fields)

    • 2.3 million blocks

    • Base covers 13 acres

    • Base is level 1/4 inch from corner to corner

    • Oriented perfectly N and S

    • Used as a Geodetic marker for the entire ancient world

    • Is at the center of a circle drawn around the Nile Delta

    The other pyrimads at giza

    the other pyrimads at Giza

    • Chephren/Khafre, son of Cheops

      • 707’ on a side

      • 471’ tall

      • appears taller because it’s built on higher ground

    • Mycerinus, son of Chephren

      • 356’ on a side

      • Less well made

    Man fears time time fears the pyramids

    “Man fears time,time fears the pyramids.”

    Sphnix head of man body of lion guardian of pyramids

    Sphnix – head of man, body of lion, guardian of pyramids



    • Middle Kingdom

      • Little building, almost none still existing

    • New Kingdom

      • New focus on religious building(see following)

    Temple at luxor

    Temple at Luxor

    • Temple of Amun, Mut, and Chons

      • Anchorage for the royal boats during the floods

      • Main religious center at various times in Egyptian history

    Temple at luxor1

    Temple at Luxor

    Temple at al karnak

    Temple at Al Karnak

    • Valley of the Kings

    • Tombs cut into rock, underground

    • Covered to hide (Tutankhamun)

    Temple at al karnak1

    Temple at Al Karnak

    Tomb of hatshepsut

    Tomb of Hatshepsut

    • Only true female pharaoh

    • Vast above ground, terraced structure

    • Many shrines to gods and carvings of her accomplishments

    Temple at abu simbal

    Temple at Abu Simbal

    • 4 large statues of Ramses II (pharaoh at the time of Moses)

    • Deep rock-cut temples behind in mountain

    • Moved in 1968 to save it from the rising of Lake Nasser

    Temple at abu simbal1

    Temple at Abu Simbal

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