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9.16 - Art 9.16 CHAPTER 3 Egyptians For 3000 years a rigid...

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Art 9.16 CHAPTER 3 Egyptians For 3000 years a rigid canon (style, code, rules, etc.) was observed. Almost everything was the same, and not individualized. Sphinx shows no distinguishing features. If it were more humanized, it would go lower in the hierarchy. Fig 3.12 Khafre (there is a variation in the pronunciation because of the rosetta stone – greek and hieroglyphics.) Diorite. On the side there is what’s called lotus and papyrus. It is a motif that is on many art works and it symbolizes lower and upper unification of Egypt. The headdress and false beard shows that he is pharaoh. Most statues look alike (because of the canon) except for the materials used. Khafre has an idealized perfect body. It is solid, no sign of age, no distinguishing characteristics, and a very emphasized balance or symmetry. It is meant to last for all eternity. This style emphasizes stillness (and it sets the standard formula or canon for other works.) Sculptural forms -
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