Ancient Egyptian Artisan Essay

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HUMN 101 – P. 1 MODULE ONE / LEARNING ACTIVITY 0NE Stacy Bridges LIBERTY UNIVERSITY ONLINE Professor Alistair HUMN 101 – P. 2 ABSTRACT Imagine that you were born in ancient Egypt, in Thebes around the year 2000 B.C. Having the identical DNA, consider how you might be a different person in a very different culture. How would you be the same person? HUMN 101 – P. 3 Much of our understanding of the ancient Egyptian culture is based on elaborate worship rituals related to death and the afterlife. Egyptians were devoted to their gods and to their pharaohs who were gods on earth. This obsession with higher power is shown very abundantly through Egyptian art. As an artist myself I feel very connected to this form of expression. If I had been born in Ancient Egypt around the year 2000 B.C., I feel like I would most certainly have been an artist of their culture as well because it is part of who I am and who I was born to be. Egyptian art and architecture developed independently and revolved around the concept of immortality. Pharaohs recognized that their nobility and eternal spirit depended greatly on the masons, painters and sculptors they chose to reflect their lives and carry on their legacy. Therefore artisans were treated with great respect and were considered middle class. Respect and a sense of value are very important to me, and had I lived in Egypt during this age they would have been imperative also. Egyptian artisans were instructed in the proper techniques to carry out their work in a very specific genre and style. I believe this is where the challenges would lye for myself. I feel like art is a personal expression and would find it very difficult to conform to a social standard. My personally opinion is that art should be used to express abstract thoughts, religious views, cultural beliefs, life, fantasy and

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