THE DISTRIBUTION OF IMAGES IN EGYPTIAN ART. THE CLAY COFFIN OF MEN.


Images in Egyptian art were much more than just designs, specially in funerary sphere. They were a tool for achieving a goal and their effectiveness was out of doubt.

Moreover, the artist also had to choose their location on the surface for creating a coherent composition.

DISTRIBUTION OF THE IMAGES IN THE CLAY COFFIN OF MEN.

Iconography of the clay coffin of Men (After Petrie 1906, pl. XIV).

Few things are random in Egyptian art and in this coffin the artist took special care about the distribution and location of the iconography.

On the other had, the coffin of Men had barely texts. We just read some concise lines of hieroglyphs, which served to delimitate every scene or image. Thanks to it, we can see three well differentiated areas: body, shoulders and head.

1. Body: The Four Sons of Horus and Anubis.

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