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Mummy Case of Paankhenamun

             The most striking aspect of Egyptian religious is its obsession with immortality and possibilities of life after death. This sculpture can show you this on how mummification gave rise to complex arts in ancient Egypt. The title of the sculpture is Mummy Case of Paankhenamun. The artwork was viewed from the in The Art Institute of Chicago. The sculpture was from the third intermediate period, Dynasty 22, in ancient Egypt. However, the sculpture has many features to it that make it so unique in ancient Egypt from other times.
             In using the aesthetic terms, you will see how this sculpture is from ancient Egypt. This sculpture is naturalistic because it follows nature; it follows how things naturally appear. This vividly painted mummy shows how idealized it is, meaning that it is shown as perfect or more nearly perfect than is true. When by looking at the face, you can tell all the features it has on it and how it is shaped like a body. Another example would be the eagle that is right below in the chest area it is drawn to perfection. The people underneath the eagle are idealized and are painted static. You can see that they are standing, not moving or progressing in any way. The mummy itself is standing, stationary. This also is rational meaning that it communicates majesty. Just by looking at this mummy, the facial expression just shows the poise of this person. It shows the majesty with the paintings on in front of it. Ancient Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife gave rise to the complex art. It has details that are thick. The paintings on the front of the mummy are very well drawn. They show how this person as or who he/she may want to be in the afterlife. The face is drawn very thick for the fact that for it being idealized the face becomes complex. A good example would be the gold face with the wide black eyes and the hair at sides. In addition, the mummy has a two-dimensional effect because it is meant to be looked at from the front, not from any other angle.

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