Folklore and Its Relation to Ceramic Sculpture in Egypt

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Folklore and Its Relation to Ceramic Sculpture in Egypt

Folklore carries artistic experiences which mainly embodied in the art works of many modern and contemporary artists. It is almost very rare to find an internationally appreciated artist whose works has not been influenced by the authenticity of his nation's cultural heritage and folklore. Subconsciously, folklore is considered a fundamental factor of shaping an artist's creative conscience.

The art of Sculpture, in general, and ceramics, in particular is a vivid example on the relationship between art and folklore. A simple analysis of genuine art works of many contemporary sculptors and ceramicists in Egypt may reveal a deep-rooted genuinity with an intellectual, philosophical and spiritual convents displayed in the aesthetic elements and value.

"Throughout the history of art, there is an intensive interaction between folklore and the art of ceramics; because the latter is an art which depends heavily on the popular artist's level of practical and professional experience. This becomes very clear when it comes to the application and abstraction of motifs because there is a real amalgamation between the artist and his nation's heritage of art appreciation tendencies, attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge preferences. For some ceramicists, inspiration from folklore motifs is a necessity to any artist's professional experience. Consequently, folklore has been considered a factor that may influence the art works' artistic formation, organic structure and its cultural and contextual aspects, a factor that dyes the art work with Egyptian characteristics."[1]

It is only through folklore that artists may make an Egyptian formula for the form and content of artistic structure, may deepen their craft knowledge and may establish their aesthetic theory.

Out of the above-mentioned notion, the present study is

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