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Ancient Egyptian Art. The art of the ancient Egyptians is about 5000 years old and developed between 3000BC and 200AD.

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Ancient egyptian art

Ancient Egyptian Art

  • The art of the ancient Egyptians is about 5000 years old and developed between 3000BC and 200AD.

  • Artworks are highly stylised, organised and followed strict rules and conventions. Symbols, including colours and hieroglyphics, were used to tell the story of the artwork.


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Ancient Egyptian Art

  • Hieroglyphics is a method of writing with pictures.

  • A scribe is someone who is trained to read and write hieroglyphics


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Ancient Egyptian Art

  • Artworks took the forms of painting and sculpture.

  • In 2D works, objects, figures and symbols were depicted as clearly outlined, flat shapes.

  • In 3D sculptures, figures of importance were shown in basic poses with their left foot forward


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Ancient Egyptian Art

  • Images of the human figure combined profile views (side view) of the head and legs with frontal views of the eyes and shoulders

  • It was also conventional for people of high status to be depicted as larger than people of low status


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Ancient Egyptian Art

  • Every colour had a particular meaning and was used for a reason

  • Black was the colour of the night and the underworld, but also, the colour of the fertile soil of the Nile

  • Blue was the colour of the sky and the water

  • Gold was the colour of the sun and the skin of the gods

  • Green was the colour of vegetation


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Ancient Egyptian Art

  • In ancient Egypt it was fashionable for both Men and Women to wear make-up

  • People did not realise though, that the lead-based paints they were using were actually poisonous!


Ancient egyptian art alphabet

Ancient Egyptian Art - Alphabet


Ancient egyptian art canopic jars

Ancient Egyptian Art - Canopic Jars

Liver lungs stomach intestines

What were these jars used for?

Storage containers for internal organs in Ancient Egyptian times

These jars resembled the Four Sons of Horus


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Ancient Egyptian Art - Canopic Jars

• The heart was left inside the mummified body as Ancient Egyptians believed it contained the spirit and senses.

  • The brain was not preserved. It was believed that it was an unimportant organ that only produced mucous.


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Ancient Egyptian Art - Canopic Jars


Ancient egyptian art

After designing and making your jar you then decorate it with colour.


Ancient egyptian art

This is a year 7 student working on their canopic jar. This pot just has to be dried out and fired ready for glazing.


Ancient egyptian art

• The brain was not preserved. It was believed that it was an unimportant organ that only produced mucous.

Today: Design your Canopic Jar

  • Head and a body that are separate

  • The head must be detailed and have the characteristics of 2 animals

  • The body must have feet, arms or wings and texturee.g. fur, feathers, scales

  • Include symbols & hieroglyphics

  • Use lead and coloured pencils

  • This will be marked out of 15


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