Egyptian Sculpture

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The conventions used by the sculptors in ancient Egypt

Materials used - different types of stone

The colossal rock sculptures at Abu Simbel

The durability of stone symbolizing permanence and eternity

Facts and information

The process used by sculptors

Bulky, intimidating and formidable

An overview of the Egyptian Sculpture of ancient Egypt

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Egyptian Sculpture
Definition: Sculpture is a three-dimensional artwork that is created by artists by shaping hard materials, typically stone, by the process of by carving and chiseling. Egyptian Sculpture is designed to be viewed 'in the round' meaning to be viewed from all sides or in bas relief meaning in low relief in which figures protrude slightly from the background. The word for sculptor in Egyptian was 'sanx' meaning to make come alive.

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Their are many examples of ancient Sculpture, the most famous being the Great Sphinx at Giza and the magnificent rock sculptures at Abu Simbel.

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Fact 1 on Egyptian Sculpture: The poses and proportions of every sculpture in ancient Egypt was based on strict artistic conventions that barely changed over a period of nearly 3000 years.

Fact 2 on Egyptian Sculpture: Colossal statues such as the Great Sphinx were built to represent gods and Pharaohsusually located in open areas or outside temples.

Fact 3 on Egyptian Sculpture: Strict conventions were followed when sculpting statues and specific rules governed appearance of every ancient Egyptian god and goddess.

Fact 4 on Egyptian Sculpture: Ancient Egyptian sculpture varied in size and was constructed from a variety of different materials.

Fact 5 on Egyptian Sculpture: Grandeur was more important than fine detail.

Fact 6 on Egyptian Sculpture: Artistic themes were often intimidating, unyielding and formidable.

Fact 7 on Egyptian Sculpture: Sculptures were bulky, solid and impersonal

Fact 8 on Egyptian Sculpture: Sculptures emphasized symmetry that minimized any suggestion of movement

Fact 9 on Egyptian Sculpture: Small statuary was created with more detail

Fact 10 on Egyptian Sculpture: Sculptors in later periods created more rounded statuary figures  but continued adherence to the rules of frontality

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Fact 11 on Egyptian Sculpture: When sculptors prepared to carve a statue they first drew horizontal and vertical guidelines on the surface so the proportions of the figures would be consistent with the established rules and artistic conventions.

Fact 12 on Egyptian Sculpture: These conventions and guidelines that were used by sculptors helped to arrange rows and groups of figures in a unified manner.

Fact 13 on Egyptian Sculpture: The sculptors followed a process that started by drawing guidelines on the surfaces of a block of stone. They then carved and chiseled until the figure of the god or pharaoh emerged. The outline and guidelines were renewed at each stage.

Fact 14 on Egyptian Sculpture: The backs of many of the sculpted figures remained attached to an upright slab or pillar.

Fact 15 on Egyptian Sculpture: No space was carved between the arms or body of standing and seated figures.

Fact 16 on Egyptian Sculpture: As can be seen in the following picture the lower part of a seated figure was adapted to fit the rectangular shape of the block-like seat.

Fact 17 on Egyptian Sculpture: Materials: Quartzite is a hard white, yellow or red rock (sandstone) that was used for statues

Fact 18 on Egyptian Sculpture: Materials: Basalt is very dark green or black rock that was used for making the  black statues of pharaohs or the gods in their manifestations of cats (Bastet) and jackals (Anubis).

Fact 19 on Egyptian Sculpture: Materials: Limestone was used by sculptors to create bas relief carvings.

Fact 20 on Egyptian Sculpture: Materials: Alabaster is translucent and milky white, and was used to carve small statues

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Egyptian Sculpture
Learn about ancient statues the fast and easy way via the Egyptian Sculpture Fact sheet.

Ancient Egypt - Egyptian Sculpture Fact Sheet

Fact 21 on Sculptures in Egypt: Materials: Granite was plentiful in Upper Egypt and came in a variety of colors including red, black, blue and gray. Granite was used for creating sarcophagi and sculpting statues.

Fact 22 on Sculptures in Egypt: Materials: Green Feldspar stone, also known as Amazonite, was often used for carving images of the gods.

Fact 23 on Sculptures in Egypt: Materials: Ivory was obtained from an elephant or hippopotamus tusk and was used in carving small reliefs or statues.

Fact 24 on Sculptures in Egypt: Materials: Travertine, a variety of limestone, aka Egyptian alabaster, was carved into statues.

Fact 25 on Sculptures in Egypt: Materials: Steatite is a black gray material also known as "soapstone", a talc which was worked into ornaments and statues by grinding and polishing.

Fact 26 on Sculptures in Egypt: Materials: Yellow sandstone was used to create great statues, reliefs and temples and was often painted. Sandstone is not as durable as limestone.

Fact 27 on Sculptures in Egypt: Materials chosen for sculptures and reliefs were carefully chosen and often embellished by painting with rich colors.

Fact 28 on Sculptures in Egypt: The durability of stone symbolized permanence and eternity and therefore the chosen material for creating statues, temples and tombs that would last forever. Other buildings, including the royal palaces, were  built of mud brick.

Fact 29 on Sculptures in Egypt: Wood was scarce in ancient Egypt and used sparingly. Ebony was imported and therefore very expensive.

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Egyptian Sculpture
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