Reading the Egyptian Art (II)

Artists and theologist of Ancient Egypt worked together in the emergence of iconographies and they combined different planes of meaning: images and words.

That is why reading the Egyptian art requires an iconographic and textual analysis.

The Egyptian art: a language of signs.

The Egyptian art is a language of signs and just like the Egyptian language, it uses word games; that is decoration often plays games of images.

Writing of the verb TO CREATE (left) with the substantive EYE (right) in Ancient Egypt.

Writing of the verb TO CREATE (left) with the substantive EYE (right) in Ancient Egypt.

In the Egyptian language, we find a very graphic example when comparing the verb “to do” or “to create” with the substantive “eye:

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