Ancient Egyptian wall painting

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Ancient Egyptian wall painting

Wall scenes

The oldest scenes that we traced were found in places where we used to have jungles, not anymore..etc…

Those were primitive animal, creature, and human figures, there was not yet a writing language .

By the 1st dynasty we started having a writing language and we could express ourselves by writing, bit by bit we started painting & coloring with some patterns that remain in places like Pyramids

By the 5th dynasty we wrote alot of inscriptions inside tombs & pyramids

The 5th dynasty tombs are considered as the best preserved painted tombs regarding the most ancient tombs.

The better preserved tombs of the noblemen house the colored daily life scenes, including their family life, daily activities, professions…etc..

The middle kingdom periods’ scenes moved from the walls of toms to the inner and the outer walls of the coffins and sarcophagi , otherwise nothing much was left or found.

The new kingdom scenes when the capital was founded in Luxor they shifted their scenes from daily life to funerary scenes which describe what could face the deceased after death.

The Ancient Egyptian wall painting were sometimes looking very mysterious to us , as we don’t really understand what was going on even after interpretation as it is giving a totally different meaning.

Later on during the Greek-Roman period they started portraying their faces; known as the portraits of fayoum , painted for them to be used as a replacement of their mummy masks.

Temples like edfu and Kom-ombo they still have those carvings which represent the mixing art of ancient Egyptian and Greek-Roman art.

Despite that Coptic art came after those different versions of the Egyptian art but it was very unique and expressive, contains icons (portraits) and human figures, big roundish faces, open wide eyes, small mouths, tiny nose, very symbolic …

The latest art was so-called Islamic art was a combination between geometric patterns and roses, cos Islam is against any human representations.

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