A Little Bit of Ancient Egypt

Nae's Nest —  December 7, 2012 — 3 Comments

King Tut and his bride Ankhesenamon are shown sailing down the Nile.  The Lotus flower is the ancient symbol of love. The abundance of fish and fowl seem to indicate an era of plenty.

 Hands down, Egypt has some of the world’s finest ancient pieces of art.  Despite the young age on mankind, their creativity was well defined.  Pharaonic Statues centuries old and Contemporary Art Galleries of today are a fine tribute to the variety of artistic talents Egyptian man has displayed from Ancient time to present. A visit to an ancient temple provides a glimpse of the lifestyle of young Egypt.   The galleries are adorned with vast wall painting and great pillars covered in figures of man, animal and Gods.  The hieroglyphics, the written language of the ancients, are as beautiful and wondrous as the art is describes.  Each piece, telling a story of a great hunt or a devastating flood.  Perhaps the death of a great God and the location of the grave is the story being told in the next piece.  Egypt’s modern cities house museums full of creative artifacts.  By studying Egyptian art, the door to Egypt’s sprawling history and culture is opened.

 Today we call these amazing works “art.”  However, many of ancient Egypt’s famous works were important messages and  recorded events.  Envision the filing system of the Flintstones!  The vision which comes to mind, is not far from what it actually was!  The ancients would fill tombs with statues representing those who are guarding the dead or someone of importance which will guide them through the afterlife. The tomb walls would be covered in hieroglyphics depicting a bountiful harvest to feed the dead or important instructions of the afterlife to ensure the dearly departed would find his way.  Even the Egyptian modes of transportation were decorated and found in tombs with burial masks.  These objects too, can be found in museums of today.  It is unknown who the artists were.  It is speculated to be a slave, as this job was most likely viewed as mundane as our filing of paperwork is viewed today.

Ancient sites, such as temples and tombs, offer awe-inspiring architecture and an intimacy of ancient art.  One of the great questions of today is “How were the pyramids constructed?”.  Some answers have been everything from a primitive “roller and stick” method, to Gods to Aliens constructing these wonders.

The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, found on the West bank of the Nile River, has depictions of the Queen dressed as a King.  The stories of the West Nile, tell us how she inherited the throne. Although she was a woman, she was forced to rule as a man.  Queen Hatshepsut was even known to wear a beard.  Her story will be posted in another group. Her palace was attracted with ancient graffiti.  He successor, her brother, scratched her out of many portraits in a fit of jealousy.

The stories are as endless as the pieces of art.  Part of the beauty of Egyptian art is the mystery which lays behind each and every piece

Can you believe this guy actually had 200 wives?  Knowing he had 200 wives, can you believe he lived to be 96 years old???  I am a woman, trust me, I know how difficult I can be to live with!  I now know where earthquakes come.  Even the earth shuttered with the news!

Called Ramesses (Ramses) the Great (he must have been great as something….), he was the third king of the 19th Dynasty.  He had 96 sons and 60 daughters.  He managed to outlive the first thirteen of his heirs….(shakes head)

Here we have Ole Ramesses, the “Great” again.  Frankly, I am amazed the horse isn’t shooting him.

I hope you enjoyed my article.  Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me with the history, culture and mystery which has surrounded it for centuries.

 

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I find myself "Dancing With Cancer", problem is...I can't dance. I stumble, bumble, and get pulled along. To keep my sanity, (humor me), I write short stories, a journal, musings and poetry....just about anything goes.

3 responses to A Little Bit of Ancient Egypt

  1. 

    Thanks for this! Since reading, in my opinion, one of the most exciting and well researched historical fictions, “Shadow of the Sun” by Merrie P. Wycoff, I have become absolutely fascinated with ancient Egypt. These pictures are amazing! I can’t get enough of this era.

    http://merriepwycoff.com/about-the-book

    • 

      I know. Everything is fascinating from their artistry to structures to the amazing stories. I will check out this book. Let me know of any others you come across.
      Smiles

  2. 

    That was quite interesting, of course Ancient Egypt was a wonderland, nice !

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