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Chloe Fox AHT210 AMay 02, 2019Formal Contextual Analysis Spring 2019The Statue of Lady Sennuwy(Middle Kingdom, Egypt) appears to show great power. Thisis one of the aspects that gravitated my attention to it; the power and authority that Lady Sennuwy seemed to hold in her time. It is very geometrical in form as there are very limited curves and details depicting the clothing, facial features and small details. While the Priestess Burning Incense visually seems to be the direct opposite. I gravitated to this piece for that exact reason the details are very prominent and important in this piece paired with the first mentioned. The fabric flows as if it is not made of stone; it is truly beautiful how all the subtle details came together, for example how the small age lines on the Priestess’s face created a sense of humanity rather than an inanimate object. The Statue of Lady Sennuwy and the Priestess Burning Incense are two pieces from different cultures, different time periods and are possible depicted for two different reasons but are held in high regard because they are honoring important people in their respected societies they came from. These two sculptures do not have definitive reasons for their creations, it is unknown as to why they were created though there are many speculations. Personally, I believe these two pieces were created for very different reasons from each other. The Statue of Lady Sennuwywas most likely sculpted by the unknown artist for purposes of honor and idealization. It is speculatedto once be placed in the family tomb, or burial location, a representation of the once great Lady Sennuwy to honor her in the afterlife. Lady Sennuwy can be seen holding a lotus flower in her right hand, a very important icon in Egyptian culture and religion. The lotus flower represents
life and rebirth and is included in funerary practices because of this reason, a clue to its reason for creation. While the Priestess Burning incense was most likely created for religious divine

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