The Puzzle of Egyptian Art. Dismembering an Iconogrpahy to Understand it.

We have to watch at Egyptian art as a whole. An iconography is a set of images connected to each other. It is obviously very important to identify what is depicted. However, to find the deepest meaning of an Egyptian iconography it is crucial to see where and how are the images depicted. Because Egyptian art left few loose ends and just thinking of it as a puzzle, we can find the sense of a decoration on a surface.

The iconography has three main parts: body, shoulders/neck and head.

This what happens for instance in the iconography of the clay coffin of Men. Dismembering the different elements of the conjunf, as if it was a pomegranate, we can understand why the artists (or Men) chosed every character and its location.

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