They linked sculpture as an artistic requirement to everything that they built and believed that the statues of their gods would come to life.
The Egyptians used sculpture in a number of ways.
They created statues of their gods, kings and queens, but they also created what is called ‘reliefs’.
What was the purpose of Egyptian art?
Much of the artwork created by the Ancient Egyptians had to do with their religion. They would fill the tombs of the Pharaohs with paintings and sculptures. Much of this artwork was there to help the Pharaohs in the afterlife. Temples were another popular place for art.
What is ancient Egyptian sculpture?
Ancient Egyptian Sculpture Materials
Limestone and wood statues were painted and had inlaid eyes made of stone and rock crystal. Sculptures made of copper, bronze and other metals were cast using the lost wax method which worked as follows: 1) A form was made of wax molded around a pieces of clay.
What are the characteristics of Egyptian sculpture?
General characteristics of Egyptian sculpture:
- They are utilitarian in nature.
- A purpose is not aesthetic (the beauty of them is something secondary).
- It is a hieratic sculpture.
- Solemn and ceremonious.
- The human figures excessively respected the rules of the official label.
What were ancient Egyptian statues made of?
The Ancient Egyptians built the enormous statues with limited tools and equipment. Egyptian sculptors first used only flint tools, then tools made of copper and with time bronze and iron. Statues made of hard stone such as granite, gneiss, basalt and graywacke were highly polished.