Egyptian Paintings In Ancient Egyptian Art

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Egyptian art of all kinds dates back nearly 5,000 years into the past. Even with the immense amount of time that has progressed, a nearly countless amount of works have been found and preserved. Some of the most informative works are the paintings done upon the walls of the tombs of Pharaohs and their Queens. These paintings breathe life to the traditions and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians as well as shining light on the history of the dynasty’s that ruled the dunes. In my paper I’ll be covering the symbolism in these paintings as well as the materials, canon and symbolism that brought them to life. The finest samples of ancient Egyptian paintings that have survived over the years are contained within the tombs of the royal families. These…show more content…
In figure 2, we see an individual on his journey to the afterlife. Across the top, we see him seated and being judged by fourteen judges, who are accounting for his deeds during his life. Under, he is holding hands with Anubis. His heart is being weighed against the feather of Ma'at, goddess of truth and justice. If his heart is heavier, that means it is full of evil and he’ll be devoured by Ammut, the god with the head of a crocodile. If it is lighter, he’ll be welcomed to the underworld by Osiris, represented as a seated mummy. All of the gods of Ancient Egypt represented an important role in an individual’s journey to the underworld. Anubis as the protector, Osiris as the welcomer, Ma'at as the Truthsayer, and Ammut as the soul eater. Not only are figures themselves symbolic, but the way they were drawn and coloured hold special religious meaning…show more content…
These pigments were made from minerals commonly found around them. Other colours, such as gray, pink, turquoise, orange, and brown, were viewed as less important than the “pure” basic colours. The four colours most commonly used in Egyptian art hold two meanings. They connect the gods back to the human realm, and associate them with something tangle to humans. Green or “Wadj” was created by artists using Malachite, green copper ore, mined along with its blue variant called Azurite. Green was used to symbolize the earth, new vegetation, and new life. Osiris, the god of the afterlife, death, and resurrection, is usually depicted as having green skin. Going back to the two levels of symbolism in Egyptian art; green which represents life, being used to colour the skin of the god of resurrection would be a more indirect association. The ankh, which is a symbol of life in the Egyptian culture, was often depicted as

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