• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The statue of Ni-ka-re, His Wife and Their Daughter is one of the best examples of how Egyptian artists

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

As Egyptians believed in the afterlife, they tried to do everything possible in order to make it better, improve it and provide a person with everything he or she would possibly need after leaving this world. Egyptian, especially prosperous and rich ones, used to make large tombs for all the family members and put their sculptures inside. This meant that even in the other world the family would be together, have everything it had on the earth and enjoy it in the afterlife. The social and family status, however, were also reflected in such sculptures. In any sculpture men, for example, were usually shown larger than women and children - that is men were heads and rulers of their families. Some family members had separate sertabs and sculptures. The family theme was very popular in Egyptian arts both in cultural and practical (ritual) purposes. There is a number of art pieces which show us whole families or some of their members. In most cases these are royal families. The statue of Ni-ka-re, His Wife and Their Daughter is one of the best examples of how Egyptian artists showed families in their works. ...read more.

Middle

Firstly, very well and clearly both sculptures express the family theme. Secondly, in every sculpture there is a child near a parent. One more thing in common is that the major member of the family sits on the chair and the size of his or her figure is bigger. All the statues present other family members sitting or standing near the major person's legs. It is known that sometimes children are shown as tall as their mothers. These art works, however, present children to be smaller than any of the parents. Each of the statues, reflects family and its values in a different way. The figure of Ni-ka-re's child, for example, is made small in order to draw attention to the man's greatness and power, to his high status and a wide range of abilities and authorities within the society as well as within the family. At the same time the figure of Khentet-ka's son is small because he is very little and that is what the sculptor wanted to express in the work. The sculpture of Ni-ka-re, His Wife and Their Daughter shows the whole family. We can see a mother, a father and a daughter. And there is no father in the statue of Lady Khentet-ka and Her Son. ...read more.

Conclusion

We have many albums full of pictures of us and of people we love and live with. We also have videos to watch and remember the happiest moments. But the most important and different from Egyptian philosophy is that we collect such things in order to remember about the personality instead of the social status or importance within the society or family. Instead of great and magnificent pyramids, grand vaults with sculptures and paintings only a tomb slab reminds us once again about those who are not with us any more. So, Christianity with its emphasis on spiritual rather than material values has minimized a consumer culture regarding death. This, however, is not a bad feature of the religion. I believe it is more important to be remembered as a good person instead of having great monuments, but negative people's opinion to join them. Good memories may last much longer than all the pictures, videos, heirlooms and sculptures devoted to some person. That is why, I believe, it is not bad that we do not have so many memorials for those whom we love. Probably this may help to save memories about the person himself instead of diminishing the person's importance by worrying too much about whether we have enough of his pictures or whether some memorial is good and fancy enough. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Reviews of Personal Performances section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Reviews of Personal Performances essays

  1. one to one communication interaction

    He sat down and crossed his legs, tapping his foot to the song on the radio. I sat back down in the chair close to Mr A, again with my body posture relaxed. I asked Mr A if I could turn off the radio and talk.

  2. Devised Practical Evaluation for 'The Guilt'

    At the final performance I think that I played and expressed my character as fully as possible. I felt that I really touched on the true emotion that a parent must feel after losing a child. The complete silence from the audience and the peaceful atmosphere helped me to concentrate and focus on playing my character to the full.

  1. Ovid's Metamorphoses: Pygmalion - Why did Pygmalion choose to portray his perfect woman.

    What is the change in the ivory compared to? Do you think this is an appropriate comparison? From lines 42-44, Ovid uses an extended simile, in order to give us an idea of what was happening, and what Pygmalion was feeling.

  2. Blue Remembered Hills

    My facial expressions changed throughout the scene mainly because of the themes and emotions varying. My facial expressions always portrayed my hubris: which is my overconfidence. For example- concern 'Oh dear. Poor, poor Donald' (denoted from text) My expression was very interested and showed that my attention was solely on Donald.

  1. We had to create a tableaux image of the four strong words in the ...

    left to think about what this freeze frame was suppose to show. As our stimulus for this piece of drama included the newspapers about rape that was what the freeze frame represented although the audience would not know that for sure.

  2. Drama Been So Long

    He is a barman, in a bar in Camden. He is a confident, kind, caring and independent man, who has experienced a lot over his time as a barman and has toughened up to working in rough areas. This character is completely different to the over-protective violent and disturbed character I played in the improvisation.

  1. This story deals with a parent's relationship with her daughter - Choose one other ...

    She is very critical about her, describing her as a 'bit of a tart'. The relationship between Michele Roberts and her mother is dysfunctional, along with the relationship between Michele and her daughter. The relationships are surprisingly similar, with the daughter at one point 'boasting' about sex, and Michele saying that she 'wasn't a virgin'.

  2. What Is A Perfect Family?

    Another quality that would be very useful is responsibility. People must learn the consequences of the actions of others.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work