Old kingdom art in ancient Egypt by Aldred Cyril

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This statue, like the two preceding (see No. 10), seems to belong to a less formalistic tradition than that of the Giza school-a tradition which subsequent excavation may reveal. Photos. Courtesy, Peli;:reus Museum, Hildesheim. 13. HEAD OF AN UNKNOWN KING. Red granite. Height 24 ins. ) IIIrd-IVth Dynasty. At Brooklyn. This head, which is larger than life size, has recently been dated to the late IIlrd or early IVth Dynasty on stylistic grounds. I t is important as showing an example of Old Kingdom archetypal art which has emerged from its archaic stage, complete mastery over the working of the intractable red granite having been achieved.

Two rival princes with their capitals at Herakleopolis and Thebes had re-established some political, stability. 2S c SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING 1. BACKGROUND STUDY. Capart and M. Werbrouck: Memphis. Brussels, 1930. E. Drioton and J. Vandier: Les Peuples de l'Orient Mediterraneenl'Egypte. Paris, 1946. " I. E. S. Edwards: The Pyramids of Egypt. London, 1947. J. 2. HISTORY OF ART. E. Baldwin Smith: Egyptian Architecture as Cultural Expression. New York, 1938. W. ulpture and Painting in the Old Kingdom.

Approx. 27 x 221 ins. Early Vth Dynasty. From Abu Sir (north of Sakkara). At Cairo. This relief from the north wail of the sadly ruined sanctuary of the mortuary temple of Sahu-ra shows personifications of the funerary estates of the king bringing him offerings from his 33 39. 40. 4-1. 4-2. domains. The very low relief was originally painted, but is evidently in the tradition of the royal work of the preceding dynasty. There is the same careful drawing, the same use of delicate but firm line, and a high degree of finish in the detail.

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